I made the run up to Superior Wisconsin and Duluth Minnesota along with Jenny, Rita and John. We arrived a few minutes before sun up. The 2 target birds for us for the day were the rare Gyrfalcon (currently in WI) and the very rare visiting Ivory Gull (currently in MN). It was an exciting day watching both species in action. The Gyrfalcon chased and Common Raven, then the Common Raven appeared to chase the Gyrfalcon. What a show it was! The Ivory Gull was there at sun up with many spectators, ate and on occasion, flew at some high speeds with Herring Gulls. Life birds for all of us on a cold morning and full sun, with low winds. A fun trip for the 4 of us and with friends and birders from around the state. Images were taken on January 2, 2016.
Binomial name: Falco rusticolus
Category: Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Size: 22” long, 47” wing span
Weight: 3.1 lb
Notes: Breeds in the Arctic, wintering in northern Canada south to the northern US.
Binomial name: Pagophila eburnea
Size: 17” long, 37” wing span
Weight: 1.4 lb
Notes: Typically spends it’s life in the high Arctic. The Ivory Gull nests are sometimes eaten by caribou.