[mou] Wisconsin Point -- 3 species of dark-mantled gull

Peder Svingen psvingen at d.umn.edu
Sun Apr 6 18:12:08 CDT 2008

Gulls were gathering again today at Wisconsin Point, Douglas County.  
This area can be reached by driving US 2/US 53 to the eastern end of  
Superior, then turn left at the sign for Wisconsin Point / Moccasin  
Mike Road. Most of the birds were on the ice of Allouez Bay as the  
winds raged ENE 25-30 gusting to 40 mph on Lake Superior. I was unable  
to refind either of the two Iceland Gulls seen here yesterday. The  
following counts include birds seen at the landfill or on Allouez Bay,  
and were obtained between 12:15 and 2:40 PM.  Have three species of  
dark-mantled gull ever been seen together before in the Western Great  
Lakes region?

	Ring-billed Gull -- 317
	Herring Gull -- 3,640 (>90% adults)
	Thayer's Gull -- 3 adults, 1 second-cycle
	Lesser Black-backed Gull -- adult graellsii
	Slaty-backed Gull -- adult on ice at Allouez Bay for at least two hours
	Glaucous Gull -- 15 (4 adult, 1 third-cycle, 1 second-cycle, 9 first- 
	Great Black-backed Gull -- first-cycle
Peder H. Svingen
Duluth, MN

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