This morning between 10:45 and 11:00 AM there was a first-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull at Smith Lake in Middleville Twp., Wright Co. The gull, and the 120-plus Ring-billeds with it, were on the peninsula about 250 yards west of the public-access site on the east side of the lake.
For whatever it's worth, at 10:30 there were no gulls on the sandbar, and at 11:00 all of the gulls left, so there's clearly a lot of shuttling in and out.
By the way, although Smith Lake continues to look *great* for shorebirds, the only shorebirds present today were Killdeers and Spotted Sandpipers. I guess that the last northbound stragglers have moved on, and the first southbound birds haven't quite arrived yet.
Department of Biology
St. John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
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