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Erik Bruhnke <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 12 Nov 2009 00:26:28 -0700
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This afternoon I scanned Canal Park, and after thorough scanning, I came
across one gull that looked slightly like an adult Herring Gull, but there
were a few characteristics that were different about this bird (adult
Thayer's Gull)...

There were large white spots on the folded wing tips, unlike the nearby
Herring Gulls which have smaller, more petite white spots on the folded wing
The bird had a very dark eye.
Rich pink legs.
Bright yellow bill.
Slightly darker mantle than the nearby Herring Gulls. Although it can be
hard to judge the darkness of the mantle on an adult Herring Gulls and
Thayer's Gulls, I've noticed that the Thayer's gulls' mantles are just a
tiny bit darker gray than the Herring Gull's mantle.

Those adult Thayer's Gulls are so darn beautiful. I did get some very
distant photos of the adultThayer's Gull today, and will likely be uploaded
tomorrow once I can use my camera again. Right now I'm waiting for my camera
battery to recharge for photographing gulls tomorrow!

Good birdwatching
Erik Bruhnke

Duluth, MN
NATURALLY AVIAN - guided bird hikes and bird photography

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