Little Gull video

Today (Jan 3) I led a Cleveland Metroparks big birding day along the lakefront, starting off at Huntington Reservation and working east to Wendy Park. Wicked NNW winds were blasting the lakefront at 25+ with gusts to 40+, and we were often hit with blinding blizzard conditions with intermittent clear views of the lake. Around 1 pm the weather finally cleared and we tracked a first-year BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE cruising west through the harbor; likely the same bird seen at Wendy on December 20th. Before the final snow front hit, upwards of 6,000 Bonaparte’s were working in foraging lines over the harbor. Scanning through the lines, the jet-black underwings of an adult LITTLE GULL popped out of the silvery-gray Bonaparte’s. Took some distant photos and a quick video (below). Over 15,000 Ring-bills, and thousands of large gulls including 5 Lesser Black-backed, 55 Great Black-backed, and two Glaucous (adult and a first-year) were found as well.

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