|Nelson's Gull (adult). Chicago, IL. 08 Feb 2015.|
|Photo slightly underexposed, but still noticeably bigger and paler than the Herrings seen here.|
Another exciting sighting for the day was this ever-wandering 2nd cycle Kumlien's that I've now seen three times this season at three different sites (click here to read more about this distinctive bird):
|Kumlien's Gull (2nd cycle). First seen at the Lake County Fairgrounds on 23 December, then at the Museum Campus on 25 December 2014. Chicago, IL. 08 Feb 2015.|
Beside the Nelson's and Kumlien's, I recorded every age of Great Black-backed today, along with a 2nd cycle Glaucous, 2nd cycle LBBG and an adult Thayer's. Twice, gulling was interrupted by a Red-tailed Hawk and then subsequently by a 2nd winter Bald Eagle. Interestingly, a few Herrings began circling around the Bald Eagle and escorted it down the river - something I've never seen.
|Great Black-backed Gull (1st cycle). Chicago, IL. 08 Feb 2015.|
|Great Black-backed Gull (2nd cycle). Chicago, IL. 08 Feb 2015.|
6 days until Gull Frolic 2015!!!