Date: 11/30/17 7:53 pm From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Glaucous Gull in Platte County 11/24/17
On Friday, November 24, Lanny and I birded a couple hours at Lakes North and Babcock in Platte County. We drove on the road around the lakes early in the afternoon. The wind was very strong. Among the birds seen were a few Bald Eagles and a few Herring Gulls.
As I was scanning a mixed flock of mergansers and gulls, I saw a gull flying that was different. I got a good look at its top side when it banked. It was uniformly light tan colored with no dark wing tips and no dark tail band. That attracted my attention so I watched it for a while. When we got a little closer, we could see that its bill was light colored. Just before it landed on the water it dropped its legs and we could see that they were light colored also. When it landed next to Herring Gulls, we could see that it was larger.
We ruled-out Iceland Gull because it was larger than Herring. We ruled-out Glaucous-winged Gull because of the light-colored bill. We could not see if the bill had a dark tip. We decided that it must be a first winter Glaucous Gull. North central Lake North.