Black-legged Kittiwake

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I made the trip to Green Bay, Wisconsin during a snow storm on Sunday December 11th to see the Green Bay Packers play the Seattle Seahawks. In a nice case of perfect timing, a first-year Black-legged Kittiwake was reported at the mouth of the Fox River (only five miles from Lambeau field!) the day before. Needless to say, I left an hour earlier than I had planned to so that I could try for this rare visitor from the arctic north.

It took me about five minutes to locate this beauty once I arrived as it was very close to the shore and would fly right over my head as it searched for fish. Despite dozens of ring-billed gulls in the area as well, the kittiwake really stood out with its distinctive “M” pattern on the back of its wings.

Following are some of the images I was able to capture of the Black-legged Kittiwake, a Common Merganser and a Ring-billed Gull in the snow storm.

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A Common Merganser takes flight over Lake Michigan
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A Ring-billed Gull with a fish

 

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