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Fri, 1 Jan 2010 16:37:27 -0700
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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  
November 2009.

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.

Peder Svingen
Duluth, MN

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