Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina)Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Casco Bay, Maine.

Song of Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), recorded by David Baake at Mount Auburn Cemetery on July 5, 2014, using iPhone.

Willet (Tringa semipalmata). Video by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

On June 27, 2014, I discovered a Yellow Warbler nest at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The male and female were both observed flycatching and returning to feed their fledglings. One parent was also observed attacking a Song Sparrow that ventured too close to a fledgling. The warblers did not seem disturbed by my presence. On June 27, 2014, I discovered a Yellow Warbler nest at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The male and female were both observed flycatching and returning to feed their fledglings. One parent was also observed attacking a Song Sparrow that ventured too close to a fledgling. The warblers did not seem disturbed by my presence.

On June 27, 2014, I discovered a Yellow Warbler nest at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The male and female were both observed flycatching and returning to feed their fledglings. One parent was also observed attacking a Song Sparrow that ventured too close to a fledgling. The warblers did not seem disturbed by my presence.

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Photographs by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Photographs by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Photographs by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) and Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum).Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Check out my Baltimore Oriole photograph in this WBUR story!

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica). Photograph by David Baake with Nikon D5100, 300 mm f/4D IF-ED lens. Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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.