Sunday, December 7, 2014

Glaucous Gull

Inspired by a flurry of reports of Glaucous Gulls in Minneapolis this winter, I searched for my photograph of one taken in Dakota Co., Minnesota, at the Black Dog power plant on 6 December 2008. This date was prior to my blogging career and to my eBirding. Yesterday I submitted an “historical” record to eBird, complete with this picture.

Glaucous Gulls have a circumpolar distribution. In North America, they winter south to California and Virginia. A few also winter around the Great Lakes; this gull is considered to be uncommon in the Minneapolis area. Field marks include large size, large, black-tipped bill, and pale wing tips.

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