Over 150 participants attended along with a number of local bird clubs and organizations. Our guest speaker, Jennifer Brumfield, absolutely rocked and pumped birders with a ton of inspiration!
|IOS Vice President Ted Wolff greeting the group before Jen's talk.|
|Donnie Dann receiving a recognition award from IOS President Matthew Cvetas.|
|A selection of gulls, terns and jaegers displayed by Doug Stotz with the Field Museum.|
We had a fun assortment of Iceland Gulls, and also checked off our "other" winter gulls.
Lake Erie meets Lake Michigan.
Left to Right: Amar Ayyash, Chuck Slusarczyk Jr, Jen Brumfield
|Enough gulls to busy the crowd!|
I must say with this being our first winter where thayeri is lumped with the other Iceland Gulls, there wasn't mass confusion some people predicted there might be. Dark birds were called Thayer's and pale birds were called Kumlien's (as we've done for some years). Confusing birds weren't labeled, but rather explained as "points" on the cline. Here's my list:
16 x Iceland Gulls
- 11 thayeri (7 adults, 2 first cycle, 2 second cycle)
- 4 kumlieni (3 adults, 1 sub-adult)
- 1 thayeri-kumlieni (3rd cycle type)
1 x Glaucous Gull (adult)
1 x Great Black-backed Gull (2nd cycle)
3 x Lesser Black-backed Gulls (adult, 2 third cycles)
550 x Herring Gulls (including a stunning leucistic adult)
18 x Ring-billed Gulls (only 1 first cycle noted)
Adult 6. I observed this distinctive bird at the
Lake County Fairgrounds the day before. See below.
|Some damage to the right wing with p8 ripped off.|
|Adult 6 seen at LCF, Friday, 16 Feb 2018.|
|2nd cycle Thayer's. Flight shot below.|
|Somewhat pale but bleaching and fading has set in.|
|One of two 1st cycle Thayer's. Same individual below.|
|1st cycle Thayer's (left) and Herring Gull (right).|
|Adult #7 Same bird above.|
|Adult 1. Early Morning bird.|
|Same individual above.|
|Adult 2. Mid-day Bird.|
|Same bird above.|
|Adult 3. Late-day bird. Stunner!|
|An adult type Kumlien's with a pale eye and mascara. |
Perhaps best aged as a sub-adult.
|Same bird above. Brown wash to p-coverts and dirty alula.|
|An intermediate thayeri-kumlieni 3rd cycle type. |
|3rd cycle Lesser Black-backed with missing p9/10 on right wing.|
|Adult Glaucous with same Lesser above.|
|1st cycle Ring-billed Gull.|
|2nd cycle Great Black-backed with Herrings.|
|Adult Thayer's, Adult Glaucous and 3rd cycle Lesser Black-backed with a group of Herrings.|