|Presumed adult Laughing x Ring-billed hybrid. Chicago, IL. 04 March 2012.|
This gull is believed to be a returning adult that has frequented the Lake Calumet area for the last 9 years! Amazingly, it always seems to move in with our first wave of returning Ring-billeds. Where it spends its winters is a mystery, but it goes absent around mid-November and reappears around early-mid March. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when it made its first pass along the pier:
I hit Hammond Marina next with Kumlien's Iceland Gull as my target. Within a few minutes of chumming, this adult Kumlien's came charging through the Ring-billeds:
|Adult Kumlien's Iceland Gull. Hammond, IN. 04 March 2012.|
For at least the last 4 winters, it's returned to the same perch at the harbor mouth, escorting out intruding gulls with a less than gentle attitude. One thing it doesn't often do is put down on the north side of the harbor, but today it allowed great views, perching for about a minute that went too fast!
My last stop was the BP Refinery in Whiting. As expected, Great Black-backeds were present on the beach (adult, 3rd cycle and 2nd cycle), but had no interest in coming in. Aside from several adult Herrings picking at a dead fish on the beach, there wasn't much to be seen here.
|2nd cycle Great Black-backed. Whiting, IN. 04 March 2012.|
|3rd cycle Great Black-backed. Whiting, IN. 04 March 2012.|
|1st cycle Herring Gull. Whting, IN. 04 March 2012.|
|2nd cycle American Herring Gull. Hammond, IN. 04 March 2012.|
|Presumed Laughing x Ring-billed hybrid. Chicago, IL. 04 March 2012.|
|Adult Ring-billed with dark iris. Chicago, IL. 04 March 2012.|