Things are finally picking up here in the North country.  Yesterday I had 6 Grackles feeding in my backyard and today I made a trip to the open section of water near the Campbellton lagoon.  Several duck species were present including Blacks, Mallards, Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneye and 2 Northern Shovelers.  The highlight of the day was after scanning the gulls through the rain and fog, I spotted a gull which didn't seem to match the others.  A dark backed gull, smaller than a Great-Black backed,somewhat bigger than a ring-billed gull with what appeared to be yellow legs!!!.....I think and I'm hoping that this is my first Lesser Black-backed Gull.  This would be a first for me ;) and a rarity in these parts.

Can anyone confirm this sighting with these grainy photos?

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Sure looks good to me, Andrew.

Thanks Joanne, A nice surprise!  :)

2 More Lesser Black-backs discovered today but this time at the Atholville Lagoon.  Half of the lagoon opened up over night with all the rain and many new species have arrived including first of spring Ring-necked ducks and 1 killdeer.  Other species noted were 3 Glaucous gulls, 3 iceland gulls, GBB's, Herring and Ring-billed gulls, Barrow's and Common Goldeneye, Blacks, Mallards and crows.

Exciting times to come!



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