Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Sandy Point Reservation. Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Sandy Point Reservation. Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Sandy Point Reservation. Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Sandy Point Reservation. Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Sandy Point Reservation.

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Sandy Point Reservation.

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

A Great Black-Backed Gull (Larus marinusknown as 2E2, seen at Sandy Point State Reservation in Massachusetts on April 1, 2014. 

According to The Gulls of Appledore:

2E2 is a male that was banded as an adult on Appledore Island on May 26, 2006. Since then, he has been seen 22 times – but only in 2 distinct places! In the month of May, 2E2 is observed on Appledore (he was observed in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012) but he spends the rest of his year on Plum Island in Newburyport. He has been spotted on Plum Island numerous times in late summer, fall, and winter every year since his banding in 2006 (except in 2008).  He has been seen eating Skates, clams, and fish.

Male Great Black-backed Gulls (and Herring Gulls) tend to return to their nesting sites each breeding season (from late April to June), and 2E2 has shown strong fidelity to both nesting and overwintering sites. We know that he has returned to Appledore at least 5 out of the past 7 years.

Researchers estimate that 2E2 is at least 13 years old.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Belle Isle Marsh Reservation. Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.

American Robin (Turdus migratorius). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 55-300mm lens. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea).  Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 55-300mm lens. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Dark-eyed Junco, pink-sided phenotype (Junco hyemalis). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 55-300mm lens. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 55-300mm lens. Mount Auburn Cemetery; Cambridge, MA.

Cape Cod National Seashore. Photographs by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 55-300mm lens. 

Fiddler Crab (Uca pugnax). Photographs by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 55-300mm lens. Cape Cod National Seashore.

Raccoons (Procyon lotor). Photographs by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 55-300mm lens. Mount Auburn Cemetery; Cambridge, MA. Raccoons (Procyon lotor). Photographs by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 55-300mm lens. Mount Auburn Cemetery; Cambridge, MA.

Raccoons (Procyon lotor). Photographs by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 55-300mm lens. Mount Auburn Cemetery; Cambridge, MA.