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Erik Bruhnke <[log in to unmask]>
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Erik Bruhnke <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 14 Oct 2010 19:18:36 -0600
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This morning I birdwatched from just before sunrise until about 9:00am at
Wisconsin Point (lot 1). I observed an immature Bald Eagle trying to
chase/pursue a distant jaeger, and at times this jaeger turned and seemed to
pursue the Bald Eagle briefly. What a unique sight to see. Also, my good
friend Mike Furtman met up with me at Wisconsin Point this morning. When I
came home from the ridge this afternoon, I was going through photos, and
realized that I had photographed my lifer LONG-TAILED JAEGER (the jaeger in
the jaeger/eagle chase)!

This morning's sightings at Wisconsin Point:
Mallard 9
Green-winged Teal 3
Greater/Lesser Scaup 7
Bald Eagle 2
Bonaparte's Gull 2
Ring-billed Gull 1000
Herring Gull 3
Parasitic Jaeger 1
Long-tailed Jaeger 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 2
Brown Creeper 1
Lapland Longspur 4


LONG-TAILED JAEGER pursuing Ring-billed Gull (close up):

Parasitic Jaeger:

Darker Ring-billed Gull? (initial thought was California Gull, but then I
thought Ring-billed due to small bill, compact head, and overall body size)

Here are my favorite Ring-billed Gull photos from this morning. Gulls are so
much fun to photograph!

To view the rest of the photos from Wisconsin Point (this fall), including
all three jaeger species, go to:

Good birdwatching,
Erik Bruhnke
Duluth, MN

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