Date: 1/3/18 12:56 pm From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Subject: Status of today's New Cumberland Lock and Dam, Hancock County water birds; no Glaucous Gull
According to Google Maps used by eBird, New Cumberland is one of the few places where the Ohio/West Virginia boundary is out in the middle of the river, rather than hugging the Ohio shore. This is apparently a legacy of the historical channel west bank being there, and then being flooded by construction of the lock and dam.
Consequently, ALL the water birds I reported earlier today at that location were in Ohio, not West Virginia. The only birds near the WV shore, which was completely frozen, were the 3 Bald Eagles.
I also checked on first-year Glaucous and Iceland Gulls to refresh my memory. Both had a faint terminal tail band, which only Iceland has, so both birds were thus Iceland Gulls.