23 November 2012

First Thayer's of the Fall and More LBBGs - 2012

I went up to the Lake County Fairgrounds in northeastern Illinois this morning. There was a good presence of Thayer's Gulls (5) and Lesser Black-backeds (8). Best of all, birding was from the car which made the 30 mph winds a bit more tolerable.

Adult Thayers with adult LBBG. Lake County, IL. 23 November 2012.
 
First cycle LBBG. Lake County, IL. 23 November 2012.
2nd Cycle LBBG. Lake County, IL. 23 November 2012.
4th Cycle LBBG. Lake County, IL. 23 November 2012.
Adult LBBG.  Lake County, IL. 23 November 2012.
Adult Thayer's Gull (front) with American Herring Gulls. Lake County, IL. 23 November 2012.
Adult Thayer's Gull with Herrings in background. Lake County, IL. 23 November 2012.
Adult Thayer's Gull. Lake County, IL. 23 November 2012.

Adult Thayer's Gull. Lake County, IL. 23 November 2012
 
 
 
Both the Thayer's and the LBBGs were still undergoing outer primary and variable secondary molt:
 
Adult Thayer's. Lake County, IL. 23 November 2012.
 
Adult type LBBG. Lake County, Il. 23 November 2012.
 
Still waiting on this season's first Iceland and Glaucous Gull!

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