Found a tagged bird?

The mark of the Seanetter: bright orange cable ties generally mean it’s one of ours.

Even if you aren’t a Seanetter, we want your information should you come across a SEANET tagged bird! Our volunteers place orange cable ties on the wings, legs and beaks of the birds they find. Many of our volunteers also affix individually numbered aluminum tags. If you find a bird that you suspect was tagged as part of our project, please don’t disturb, move or throw it away! We collect data on how long dead birds stay on the beach, and whether they move up and down the coast with the tides. If you find a SEANET bird, please leave it where it is, snap a photo if you can, note the tag number (if present) and send the info along to me via email (sarah.courchesne”at” or post a comment here on the blog. We love to hear where our birds are spotted and by whom!

12 responses

2 02 2013
jim mc eneaney

saw #920 gull on 1/26/13 at namco parking lot in warwick,r.i.

4 02 2013
Dana-Zoe Gest

two gulls, numbers #933 and #935 were spotted and photographed and being fed crackers and corn at the Chelsea Creek Wildlife and Coastal Habitat in Chelsea, Massachusetts at the Cronin Ice Skating Rink where Broadway crosses the Creek between Chelsea and Revere -addy is 850 Revere Beach Parkway, Revere, Massachusetts. i will also include these two gulls on my count for the day (there were about twenty other gulls, another dozen or so ducks, and a Mute Swan) during High Tide @ 3pm) and will submit the count with
it was great to see them – they are in good health and with lots of other gulls. Chelsea Creek is an estuary so it has brackish water, but also plenty of food, and people that also leave out tidbits for the birds. i will return to the site in two weeks and see if i can spot them again.
glad to be a part of your research however i can! i will most likely show them in a video on YT – just look up Chelsea Creek, Massachusetts, and you will find it – probably in the next two weeks, i will be sure to title it with tagged gulls in the name.

1 04 2013

My parents found several tagged birds along the Brewster beaches this weekend, as well as a couple untagged birds. My mom SWORE one of them looked like a penguin. Intrigued by their story, I googled around and found SEANET. My parents are only on the Cape on weekends, but they’ll definitely be bringing a camera and snapping shots from here on out that I’ll forward to SEANET. I wonder if there’s something like this in CA? I found several dead birds on a beach in Torrance, CA last weekend. Very interesting work!

21 06 2013
Joe Musante

Herring? Gull, adult, with orange wing tag and leg band: A 705. Seen in Princeton, Maine at the boat launch at 1:30pm June 21st, 2013.

30 07 2013

Saw 1057 at Revere beach on 7/30 at 4:46pm

3 08 2013
Ellie Hutchinson

Live foraging Herring Gull Pink Tag 991 located on shore of Richibucto River at Bass River Point NB Canada.1900hrs Aug.03,2013

19 09 2013
Dottie Vachon

Today at 1:30 pm in parking lot of Ellsworth Maine Walmart, gull with orange wing tags with number 606 I believe…could also have been 660….wish I had written it down!

31 12 2013
Robin Ireland

12/31/13 around 3:00pm in the parking lot adjacent to Hardees at Military Circle Mall Norfolk Va., saw a beautiful sea gull with orange tag # 1091. He/she looked well nourished & uninjuried. H/She was part of a gull group seeking fast food hand outs. H/She was holding her own against approx. 10 other non-tagged gulls. Would be interested to hear H/She’s story.

3 02 2014

#920 seen in Fall River MA 2/2/2014

21 03 2014
Dana G.

I saw bird tagged 918 doing well, in a parking lot with a flock of 20-30 others hanging out by the local fast food fish place in Midlothian, Virginia. I went out to feed them as it had recently snowed and noticed the the tag. He seemed to be hobbling a little but seemed fine otherwise. 3-21-2014

8 04 2014

herring gull on an orange tag on left leg RR8T. In my garden in Margate Kent England ct95rg 8.4.2014

9 04 2014

Hmmm…I’m not sure whose project that might have been from! We know the players on this side of the ocean, but not that one!

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