Kumlien’s Iceland Gull at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin on December 27, 2016

I started birding the lakefront in Milwaukee mid morning and my first stop moving south was the Petroleum Pier. Lots of ducks but nothing odd. I ran into Jym M there and he said he just saw a Kumlien’s Iceland Gull at South Shore Yacht Club. After hitting a few more places I stopped at the SSYC and the Kumlien’s Iceland was still present but out a ways by itself. After awhile it came in closer and gave some nice views. After a dog walker flushed everything away I left. Other birds to note there, 6 Ring-necked Ducks, Northern Shoveler, Common Goldeneyes and many Greater Scaup. This is the 3rd year in a row a Kumlien’s Iceland Gull has been at the club in winter. A beautiful bird! I walked from McKinley Marina to Lakeshore State Park and it was 1,000 plus ducks that were mainly Greater Scaup and Common Goldeneyes. Images were taken on December 27, 2016.


Kumlien’s Iceland Gull

Binomial name: Larus glaucoides

Category: Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers

Size: 22” long, 54” wing span

Weight: 1.8 lb



Eating mussels








Eating mussels


Eating mussels







Kumlien’s Iceland Gull at South Shore Yacht Club 2015-2016 winter images link:


Kumlien’s Iceland Gull at South Shore Yacht Club 2014-2015 winter images link:



Ring-necked Duck, male

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler – female

Common Goldeneye, male

Common Goldeneye, male

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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.

7 Responses to Kumlien’s Iceland Gull at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin on December 27, 2016

  1. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    Beautiful as always Jim. What a majestic bird!! Congratulations on a job well done.

  2. Robin Stubbs says:

    What was the bird eating?

  3. Annie says:

    Awesome, Jim. I’m not sure I would have been able to ID this gull. Thanks.

  4. Susan Kritzik says:

    I think it was eating freshwater mussels.
    Great photos! Beautiful bird.

  5. Nan Wisherd says:

    Gorgeous photos, Jim! We’re hoping to see the gull in the Duluth-Superior Harbor area, but I’m sure we won’t get great shots like you did. Happy New Year!

  6. Sarah Stokes says:

    I am always amazed at the details in your photos! The feathers, the water, the eyes, everything. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Diane Berry says:

    Beautiful, I really enjoy your pictures and narrative. Thank you!

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