Had a bit of a shocker this morning during a brief let up in the rain. A light-colored adult Iceland Gull mixed in a flock of four Ring-billed Gulls. They were flying at tree-top level on the eastside of the state park lake and over the beaver pond where they made a slow circle and then continued to the northeast. The Iceland Gull was noticeably larger than the ring-bills, but lacked the large features of a Glaucous or Herring Gull. The upper-wing was a very pale gray with all white wingtips. No trace of black or gray in the tips. The underwing was all-white. It had a clear white nape with only a little streaking behind the eye giving the appearance of a light-gray spot. The bill was yellow and didn't appear heavy like a Glaucous or a Herring Gull.
The rest of the trip around the park yielded lots of small birds feeding in the roadway. Lots of Juncos, Chipping Sparrows and Pine Warblers. Song, Lincoln's, and Swamp Sparrows a very cooperative near the beaver pond.
And then the rain started to get heavy again.
Park Interpreter/Volunteer Coordinator
Tyler State Park