The adult Glaucous-winged Gull was seen at Canal Park, Duluth, in the late
afternoon yesterday (12/29) between 2:40 and 2:57 PM and all afternoon
today (12/30) until 3:00 PM when all of the gulls departed Canal Park.
Other observers have reported finding the gull on ice floes in the Duluth
harbor or at WLDDS (27th Ave West), but Canal Park has been the most
consistent location since its discovery by Karl Bardon on the 22nd.
I uploaded four short HD video clips taken yesterday under overcast skies
which gives an accurate rendering of mantle shade. One of the clips shows
the bird surrounded by American Herring Gulls for direct comparison of
size, bill characteristics, and mantle shade. Other clips show the bird
bathing and flapping its wings.
A series of images taken 25 December 2011 can be found at:
Informed comments on this bird are most welcome. Thanks for your interest
and best wishes for good birding in 2012!
Peder H. Svingen
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