East 72nd is hot – Icelands and Glauc

A brief stop at East 72nd street warm water outflow turned up three Iceland Gulls – an adult and two 2nd-cycle birds, plus an adult Glaucous Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backs, a few dozen Great Black-backs, and thousands upon thousands of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls. An apparent adult Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid was present. The ice shelf continues off of Cleveland, even with 55 degree temps and rain today. A cold snap should keep some of the ice present, which gives a good “arena” for watching gulls at the hot water spill. Views are incredible as birds are close in.

Photos below: 2nd-cycle “Kumlien’s” Iceland Gull


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