|Duluth's Ivory Gull|
This winter lots of amazing birds have been turning up here in the northland. We started out 2016 with a New Years Day Ivory Gull in Canal Park. That one stuck around for a nine days. We don’t know what happened to it—the cold front that sent it packing also sent most of the waterfowl and other gulls away.
On January 12, Bill Tefft reported an immature Ivory Gull being mobbed in an Ely backyard. That one was on the ground and seemed traumatized by mobbing ravens. Bill said that Muff Shumacher and her neighbor took it to the vet clinic for examination and subsequent consultation with the local wildlife rehabilitator. As soon as it had recovered, it flew away. We don’t know if it was the same individual that had been in Duluth, but there’s at least some chance that it was.
Birders who surged into Duluth to see the Ivory Gull also headed to the Superior harbor to see a gray Gyrfalcon that has been hanging out by a grain elevator for the past few years. This year a young female is there, too. Disturbingly, many of the acquisitive birders haven’t been satisfied with the fine looks available from the road, and have been driving into work areas that are clearly marked no trespassing. Their bad behavior jeopardizes access for all of us.
|Kathleen Preece's Mourning Dove. Copyright 2016 by Kathleen Preece|
|Kathleen's dove in its little shelter. Copyright 2016 by Kathleen Preece|
|Robins feed on berries in winter|
The Indigo Bunting that doesn’t belong anywhere near here was still around at least through Sunday the 10th. I don’t know if it can survive the winter here, but it did at least survive the first bitter cold night. Indigo Buntings aren’t as flexible in their migratory movements as robins and waxwings, so I don’t know if this little guy will be able to head south or not.
|Duluth's very late Indigo Bunting|
In other news, the Ivory Gull that was found dead in Superior two weeks ago is still dead.