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MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« : January 16, 2012, 11:02:27 AM »
Adam Sell just called to report that he has relocated and confirmed the MEW GULL seen by Beau Schaefer over the weekend.

It's in the north harbor (north side of the yacht club) with the Herring Gulls.
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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #1 : January 16, 2012, 11:25:15 AM »
I went there for the last 2 days looking for this bird, and now I have to study for finals. Oh well, hope it stays. Great refind.

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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #2 : January 16, 2012, 01:08:01 PM »
Wow! I'm not sure who Beau Schaefer is, but, congrats are in order.
  There isn't ten birders in all of Chicago's birding history
who have found their own Mew Gull.

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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #3 : January 16, 2012, 02:49:22 PM »
Kudos also to Adam for relocating it not once, today, but twice -- once for himself and again for Andy, Greg, and me.  It was last seen at 4:20 p.m. flying out towards the lake.

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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #4 : January 16, 2012, 03:08:57 PM »
Excited  that some other birders got to see the Mew and that Greg got to knock off numero uno so early in the year.  Many excellent photos are on the way, none of which will be mine.  Here's the one photo I got.  Find the Mew Gull...
« : January 16, 2012, 03:22:06 PM Adam Sell »
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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #5 : January 16, 2012, 03:35:21 PM »
Well, the "excellent photos" was clearly a reference to Greg -- but here's a few shots, including two of the bird flying directly overhead.

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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #6 : January 16, 2012, 03:55:54 PM »
Great job, Adam! That was pure determination on your part. Thanks for your efforts.

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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #7 : January 16, 2012, 04:32:24 PM »
Nemesis #1 becomes IL # 364.

Thanks Beau and Adam! Here's some more shots ... not sure how great they are:















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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #8 : January 16, 2012, 04:43:48 PM »
This bird looks like an adult to me, what do others think?

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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #9 : January 16, 2012, 05:34:27 PM »
This bird looks like an adult to me, what do others think?

I don't really see any hint of black on the primary coverts or alula, which would indicate a 3rd cycle type. Still, there does seem to be a bit more black on P8 and perhaps, just perhaps, the white mirror on P9 is smaller than expected for an adult.

Still, fantastic looking Mew Gull, Beau! Nice going Adam on relocating her and great pics, Greg!

Wish I could have been there. Where was my phone call?   ;)
« : January 16, 2012, 07:38:15 PM Matthew Cvetas »
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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #10 : January 16, 2012, 05:59:36 PM »
Does this bird have a ring on the bill? Looks like it in the second to last shot from Greg.
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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #11 : January 16, 2012, 06:02:44 PM »
Steve I'm thinking from the distance and cropping factor, that is just noise. It could very well have a bill marking that I can't tell from here.

Anywho, amazing find guys! Make it stay until Saturday!

Nathan

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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #12 : January 16, 2012, 06:08:40 PM »
Steve, in the scope it appeared to have a little bit of dusky color just above a bit of pale red, just above the gonydeal angle.  Definitely not what I'd call a ring, but enough to show up on the photos once you up the contrast a bit.

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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #13 : January 16, 2012, 06:14:03 PM »
Well, I definitely recall my bird having a dark tip which shows pretty well in Greg's photos, I think.
Beau

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Re: MEW GULL @ North Point Marina (Lake)
« #14 : January 16, 2012, 06:19:06 PM »
Definitely looks like the bird I saw. Thanks for all the great pics, Greg.

 

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