Found this info on the TN listserve but also pertains to east side MO 
birders as these birds will probably come through our area on their way back 
to the Chicago area.
The contact info is in the last msg.

Good gulling,
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.


Subject: Patagial-tagged Ring-billed Gull
From: "Ron and Dollyann" <aves7000 AT>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 21:34:39 -0500

February 19, 2009 found Dollyann and I at the Concord Marina in west Knox
County looking for the female Long-tailed Duck that had been reported (we 
sucessful). While we were at the marina we noticed a Ring-billed Gull that 
some orange patagial flags (tags attached to the leading edge off the wings
near the body). I managed to take a couple of photos of the gull and sent 
off to the bird banding lab (bbl AT We just got back from a short 
trip and found the following email. I thought TN-birders would be 

Great birding,
Ron Hoff
Clinton, TN

Ron and Dollyann,

Thank you for your report and photos of the orange patagial-tagged 
gull that you observed on 19 February 2009 at the Concord Marina in west 
County, Tennessee. This gull was one of 725 ring-billed gulls we tagged in
Chicago, IL in 2007 as part of a study to determine gull reactions to egg
oiling. We marked the gulls with either orange (150 tags), green (203 tags),
royal blue (222 tags) or yellow (150) wing tags. Although this study was
originally set up to study local gull movements we have been noticing a
difference in the reporting rates for the various colored tags. As a result 
am very interested in any observations regarding the different tag colors.
Should you spot tagged birds with any of the above colors we would 
learning of your observations. At the moment, the yellow and orange tags are
being observed more frequently (about 2:1) than the blue or green tags.

Thank you for taking the time and effort to send in the information on your
observation. Work such as this could not be accomplished without folks like
yourself taking the time to send in your observations. Thanks again and keep
your eyes peeled for some other Chicago gulls in your area!


Thomas W. Seamans
Wildlife Biologist
USDA/Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center-Ohio Field Station
6100 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870-9660
phone: 419-625-0242
fax: 419-625-8465

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