Iceland and Glaucous Gulls - Pilgrim River/Portage Lake - Houghton Co.
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Wed Dec 27 22:57:03 EST 2006
A first winter Iceland and Glaucous Gull were seen today on the Portage in
the vicinity of the Pilgrim River mouth. The Iceland Gull was first seen
last evening at the river mouth before it flew across Portage Lake to the
Dollar Bay side. Today it worked the shoreline along the Lower Point Mills
Road and was seen just south from the Dollar Bay Beach Park which is reached
by going through Dollar Bay towards Point Mills. After crossing the top of
Dollar Bay follow (turn right onto) Lower Point Mills Road and go a short
distance south to the public beach -- walk south along the shoreline until
you can scan the lake. The bird spent a considerable amount of time here
and just south along the shoreline (about 1/4 to 1/2 mile) toward Grosse
Point. The Glaucous Gull was in the same area and further west on the ice.
Both birds follow open water leads in the ice.
The Iceland Gull is the first documented for the Keweenaw -- the 328th
species recorded for the Peninsula.
Ducks at Pilgrim included Common Goldeneye (~20), Bufflehead (2) ,Greater
Scaup (about 10), Common Merganser (1), and Red-breasted Merganser (4).
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