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Iceland and Thayer's Gulls: Barrie Waterfront

This afternoon I had excellent looks at Ring-billed, Herring, Iceland, Thayer's, Great Black-backed, and Bonaparte's Gulls at Kempenfelt Bay at the bottom of Bayfield Street--the site of so much gull activity recently.

These two ICELAND GULLS were taking part in the shiner feeding frenzy.

This THAYER'S GULL was routinely flying a circuit around the pier and diving for shiners as it came around to where the fish were most dense. I watched it do this nearly ten times. It looks much like the juvenile Herring Gulls around, but is a titch paler overall, especially in the primary feathers, which also have "frosted margins".

This bird is a good candidate for an adult THAYER'S GULL. Compared to the Herring Gull in the foreground, the legs are pinker, the eye dark(er), the head and neck smudged, and the white spots on the primary feathers are larger.

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