These 14 species were recorded along the Niagara River on 25 NOV 1995 by four birders from Ontario (Willie D’ Anna, Dean Di Tommaso, Rob French and Nancy French). Here is the list of birds they saw in less than 24 hours: Franklin’s Gull, Little Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, Ring‐billed Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer’s Gull, Kumlien's Iceland Gull, Lesser Black‐backed Gull, Glaucous Gull, Great Black‐backed Gull, Sabine’s Gull, Black‐legged Kittiwake and Ross’s Gull. The birds were observed along a 30 mile stretch.
|Gulls in late fall at Niagara Falls. Drawing: Peter Lorimer|
Recently, two local birders in my area, Larry Balch and Dan Williams, observed 10 species along lower southwest Lake Michigan on the Illinois/Indiana lakefront back on 30 JAN 2011. I think this list is pretty impressive as eight species is considered a good day on Lake Michigan. Here is their list: Slaty-backed Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Glaucous Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Kumlien's Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull. The birds were observed along a 60 mile stretch, 7 in IL and 3 in IN.