20 January 2013

Michigan City 1st Cycle Kumlien's & Thayer's

Sometimes you just get lucky without much effort! That's exactly what happened today when I stepped on the beach at Michigan City Harbor in Indiana. I had been itching for a 1st cycle Kumlien's Iceland Gull for a while as I hadn't seen one on Lake Michigan for this winter:

1st cycle Kumlien's Iceland Gull; Michigan City, IN. 20 Jan 2013.
The tertial centers on this bird are rather solid and darker than usual, but everything else suggest a textbook individual:

I also had this 1st cycle Thayer's that showed rather pale flight feathers and tailband:

1st cycle Thayer's Gull; Michigan City, IN. 20 Jan 2013.

Now both of these 1st winter white-wingers together:

Many other winter gulls were coming and going, some giving good looks like this petite adult Lesser Black-backed:

Adult LBBG; Michigan City, IN. 20 Jan 2013.

Off to the next winter gull site...