Bonaparte’s Gull at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on October 1, 2015

Birding Lakeshore State Park this morning produced an adult Bonaparte’s Gull, nonbreeding plumage. It was hanging out with about 20 Ring-billed Gulls. All the gulls were flushed with a fire department group coming in for some underwater diving practice. The Bonaparte’s Gull did not return to the area after it headed out over the water. I also had a distant views of 4 Horned Lark but a jogger unknowingly flush the bird and they headed up high and south. Plentiful were Dark-eyed Juncos, White-crowned Sparrows and Double-crested Cormorants. Partly cloudy, stiff winds and cold temps made for winter coat weather on the lakefront. Images were taken on October 1, 2015.

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult nonbreeding plumage

Bonaparte’s Gull

Binomial name: Larus philadelphia

Category: Gulls, Tern, and Skimmers

Size: 13.5” long, 33” wing span

Weight: 7.0 oz

Bonaparte's Gull with Ring-billed Gulls

Bonaparte’s Gull with Ring-billed Gulls

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull preening

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte's Gull with Ring-billed Gulls

Bonaparte’s Gull with Ring-billed Gulls

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Headed over the water, Bonaparte's Gull

Headed over the water, Bonaparte’s Gull

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For Reference Only

Reference only - Bonaparte's Gull in breeding plumage. Image taken at North Point Sheboygan Wisconsin on June 17, 2013

Bonaparte’s Gull in breeding plumage. Image taken at North Point Sheboygan Wisconsin on June 17, 2013

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

3 Responses to Bonaparte’s Gull at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on October 1, 2015

  1. Ed Means says:

    Great pics. Especially like the inflight photos. Also, thanks for posting the breeding plumage.

  2. Sara Sonntag says:

    Beautiful images Jim!

  3. Nan Wisherd says:

    The first gull in flight photo is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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