Mike Hendrickson and I surveyed gulls in the Twin Ports today (1
January 2010). I was at the Superior Entry at the tip of Wisconsin
Point at the same time that Mike was at Canal Park, so there was no
overlap between our counts. We subsequently met at Fitger's parking
ramp in Duluth and recounted a large flock of gulls that had moved out
onto the lake from Canal Park. Record or near record high counts of
Iceland, Glaucous, and Great Black-backed gulls were obtained.
Herring Gull -- 856 (plus 440 more at Superior Landfill).
Thayer's Gull -- 3 (adult at Canal Park, first-cycles at Superior
Landfill and Superior Entry).
Iceland Gull -- 4 (second-cycle at Canal Park, 2 first-cycle at
Superior Landfill, 1 first-cycle at Superior Entry). The record high
count for Minnesota is 4 first-cycle birds at the Superior Entry 28
Glaucous Gull -- 22 (6 adults, 2 third-cycle, 6 second-cycle, 8 first-
cycle). Just before driving out to the Superior Entry, I stopped at
the Superior Landfill and counted 8 more Glaucous Gulls for a total of
30 Glaucous Gulls in the Twin Ports. The record high count for
Minnesota is 28 at Knife River, Lake County, 28 January 1967.
Great Black-backed Gull -- 6 (1 adult, 3 second-cycle, 2 first-cycle).
New record high count for Minnesota.
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