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Correction: It was an Iceland Gull

On Saturday morning, 23 January 2016, I was birding the Lake McConaugy area.  I observed a gull in the Kingsley Dam spillway which I originally identified as an Iceland, but then changed my identification to, admittedly a small, Glaucous Gull.  I reported the bird as a Glaucous Gull on NEbirds.  Mike Resch, a visiting birder from Massachusetts, saw the same bird a few days later and thought it was an Iceland Gull.   I took several photos of the bird during my observation, but had not scrutinized them much.  However, upon review of the photos, discussions with Mike and  input from several birders, I agree this bird is an Kumlien’s Iceland Gull.   A few photos of the beast are below.

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Thanks to Mike for the dialogue and helping correct the record.

Good birding!

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About Joel Jorgensen

Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

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