|Glaucous Gull (1st cycle). Lake County, IL. 04 Dec 2014.|
|Notice how the lowered tertials and empty crop (pre-feeding) make this bird look sleeker and somewhat thin. It wasn't a very big GLGU to begin with - not much larger than many of the male type Herrings.|
Adult Icelands are always a treat too, especially when their identity is not clouded by darker, thayeri-like primaries :
|Kumlien's Iceland Gull (adult) with similar-aged Herring. Lake County, IL. 04 Dec 2014.|
All in all though, the Lake County Fairgrounds had substantially lower numbers this first weekend of December, in comparison to the great end to November. This goes against my prediction of gulls packing the arena after Turkey Day...maybe they were present but glued to the landfill. Temperatures were about 15 degrees warmer and in my experience, this almost never helps the cause.