"Kumlien's" Iceland Gull
Last year at this time Carolyn and I stumbled upon an adult ICELAND GULL at Circle Beach in Madison, CT. A few adult "Kumlien's" Iceland Gulls winter in CT each year, the second most common age class (next to first cycle). Adults, like this bird, sometimes winter in the same exact location year after year. This bird has returned to the same small beach for another winter. On Dec 20, 2012 Carolyn and I revisited Circle Beach and found Keith Mueller already on the bird. We watched for a few minutes in raw conditions before heading for warmth.
|adult "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull, with rather pale eye and lightly-marked primaries|