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Great Black-backed Gull

This morning at the Bracebridge Ponds there were several Gulls standing on the ice in cell 2. One bird stood out as being rather different...a Great Black-backed Gull. It appeared to match the description of a 3rd winter bird in my field guide, but I'm not familiar with the plumage cycles. The bird eventually left with some of the Herring Gulls, and headed north-east. I checked Bracebridge Bay on the way home, but there were only a few Herring Gulls there. Perhaps it kept going towards the recently opened Bracebridge dump?

There was a lot more open water in cell 3 today which had attracted three Buffleheads, about 20 Mallards and 4 Canada Geese. Seventeen Snow Buntings flew past heading south.

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