Monday, January 30, 2012

Gull Identification at the Indiana Lakefront

This past weekend, the Indiana Audubon Society and the Amos Butler Audubon Society came together to offer members an opportunity to learn about gull identification. Our leaders were gull experts John Kendell and Amar Ayyash. The 30 participants had a great day in the field and many of them got lifers. Even though there were not all that many gulls around, we found a good diversity of species as well as some waterfowl.

The group on the pier at Calumet Park.

Ring-billed Gull
One of the most interesting gulls of the day was an individual that was originally identified as a Thayer's Gull but the leaders decided after looking at photos that this is a "light-backed" Herring Gull. What do you think?

Besides the gulls, participants were entertained by the waterfowl moving on the lake, the most numerous being Red-breasted Merganser.
Adult Male Red-breasted Merganser


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