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Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull

This morning I went over to the Bracebridge Ponds hoping to find some waterfowl forced down by the weather, now that the cells are mostly open water again. But instead of interesting ducks, I found about 220 gulls on some remaining ice in cell 3. There was one Lesser Black-backed Gull, a few Ring-billed Gulls, and the rest appeared to be all Herring Gulls of various ages. A few gulls came flying in from the east, and one of them was an Iceland Gull (kumlieni). The bird lay on the ice for a while, then stood and preened a bit, and flew off to the southwest. Unfortunately I couldn't get a good photo as it was raining lightly the whole time. The only ducks seen were 24 Mallards and 15 Buffleheads. I checked South Monck Dr. on the way home, but no gulls...only found 115 Canada Geese at the golf driving range.

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