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.
Wow!!!!! Doubled your pleasure! Fantastic shots as always Jim.
What a great start to 2016. Perfect! Awesome as always and thanks for sharing
Fabulous, Jim, and congrats! We tried for the falcon slightly later than you, missed it, and left for the Sax-Zim Bog. On our way home, we tried unsuccessfully for the gull at Canal Park. A lesson learned: Arrive early!
Wow what a beautiful gull. Congrats on both birds!
Amazing photos, all of them Jim. That gull really is stunning.