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John Zakelj <[log in to unmask]>
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John Zakelj <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 8 Dec 2010 17:54:23 -0700
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Erik, thank you for your post regarding Kaposia Landing.  I was there 
yesterday and today, and found it to be a terrific place to see birds on 
the Mississippi.  After scanning many ring-billed gulls, I found the 
Iceland gull that you had reported, though I'm not that good at gulls 
and can't be sure that it wasn't a glaucous.  It was all white without 
black wingtips.  There were also lots of other birds, many of them 
feeding and in constant motion - hundreds of common mergansers and 
goldeneyes, about 30 eagles, 6 trumpeter swans, 3 great blue herons 
and 2 white pelicans.  Unlike the others, the herons and the pelicans 
kept their heads down and looked really cold.  For anyone thinking 
about visiting, Kaposia Landing is a new park about 1 mile north of I-
494, at the intersection of Concord and Bryant.  The best lighting is 
afternoon, before 3:30.  Most of the trail along the river is wide open, 
so even the slightest breeze can feel quite cold - dress warmly and 
enjoy the birds!

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