After nearly a full week of unmitigated bad weather, your SEANET blogger/part-time gull bander is back in mainland New Hampshire to regale you with tales of our exploits on Appledore Island. While much of the week remained cold, raw, and rainy, we got one good day for banding and the team was raring to go. UNH undergraduates Justin and Cassie worked the traps tirelessly, and we banded 22 birds in one day. After that, the weather took a turn again and banding activities ceased through much of the weekend.
On the sole good day we had, the team ventured out to Sandpiper Beach on the west side of the island. While I was crouching in the rocks awaiting the delivery of birds from the traps, I looked down to find around 15 of the sewage disks that were discharged into the Merrimack River from a waste treatment facility in Hooksett, NH. These things really get around; I first shared the story with you, dear readers, back in March when the release first occurred. Nothing like plastic that’s been stewing in human waste to sully a lovely beach.
Now, the usual humdrum SEANET routine sets in again, and content will again revert to the more interesting activities of Seanetters in the field.
My deep thanks to the entire gull wrangling crew–Tracy Holmes, Rob Crooks, Bill Clark, Justin Stilwell, and Cassie Biron. You were all (mostly) uncomplaining in the face of challenging conditions, and I was pleased with what we were able to accomplish. Thank you!