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Peder Svingen <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 12 Dec 2015 21:43:33 -0600
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Whoops. Please make that 5 Iceland Gulls.
Apparently I can't add at the end of the day.


On Sat, Dec 12, 2015 at 9:18 PM, Peder Svingen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> With warmer than normal temperatures forecast to continue this winter,
> there probably has never been a better prospect for large numbers of
> wintering gulls in the Duluth-Superior area. Well over 5,000 Herring Gulls
> are still in the area with at least 6 additional species seen in recent
> weeks (the 1st-cycle California Gull from 12/06 has not been refound as far
> as I know). Approximately 100 Ring-billed Gulls are still lingering; in a
> normal winter we are lucky to get even one on the Duluth CBC (which will be
> held one week from today).
> Today (12/12) I spent almost 3 hours at the Superior Entry with Robbye
> Johnson, Ted Keyel, and Jan & Larry Kraemer. Afterwards, I estimated the
> number of gulls at the Superior Landfill before carefully counting and
> identifying nearly 1,000 gulls at Canal Park. Substantial numbers of
> Herring and presumably other gull species at WLSSD are not included in the
> following totals. For Thayer’s and less common species, individual birds
> were carefully distinguished by plumage within each age class and most were
> documented by photos. The following totals are based on my own observations
> and may need to be adjusted after Robbye, Ted, and Jan review all of their
> images.
> Thayer’s Gull — *Record high Minnesota count of 24 *(plus 2 more at the
> landfill). Six 1st-cycle, six 2nd-cycle, five 3rd-cycle, and seven adults.
> Iceland Gull — *Total of 6 individuals*, all at Superior Entry (we also saw
> one Thayer’s/Iceland intergrade). Two 2nd-cycle, one advanced 2nd-cycle,
> one 3rd-cycle, one adult. This ties the 2nd-highest Minnesota count.
> Glaucous Gull — Two 1st-cycle and one adult at Superior Entry. Second-cycle
> at Canal Park.
> Great Black-backed Gull — Three 1st-cycle at Superior Entry. Two 1st-cycle
> at Canal Park, one of which was at the Entry earlier in the day. The adult
> GBBG that’s been seen regularly at Canal Park was not seen today.
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> Peder H. Svingen
> Duluth, MN
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