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Fri, 1 Nov 2013 19:22:14 -0600
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At 5:45 this evening on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Hennepin County I observed a first-cycle Glaucous Gull.  I was scanning the lake with my scope through the 1500 + Gulls blanketing the middle of the lake when to my surprise a 1st cycle buffy-tan GLGU popped into my view.  It's larger and bulkier size than the surrounding Herring Gulls, its long, heavy bi-colored bill ( pink with solid black base), and dark eyes were seen clearly.  It distinguished itself when it flapped its wings and revealed its underwing was two-toned with translucent flight feathers.  I continued to enjoy watching it splash and bathe and when it settled in a side profile showed the folded wing-tips paller than the rest of the plumage.

It was a warm, calm evening with good light and the Lesser Black-backed, and Franklin's Gull were also present.  A perfect night to be out until dark when Gulls were still streaming in.

Conny Brunell
Richfield, Hennepin Co.

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