The Visiting Arctic Angel

Ivory Gull
Ivory Gull

In case you have not heard, Missouri had it’s first documented visit by an Ivory Gull this past month.  This species is typically found north – way north.  We’re talking fighting with Polar Bears for scraps north.  Once in a while a species like this gets way off track and can be found far from home.  This bird was found in the marina and lock and dam areas at Quincy Illinois and Missouri.

Ivory Gull
Ivory Gull

Folks flocked from as far as Texas and Florida, to the Carolinas and  New England.  This was a potential once in a lifetime bird, unless you took a trip to their normal range.

Ivory Gull Hanging with the Locals
Ivory Gull Hanging with the Locals

Although we were not fortunate enough to get super close looks in great light, Steve and I were thrilled with watching the bird for several hours over the course of an extremely cold and windy Sunday.

Ivory Gull
Ivory Gull

At least one photographer paid a local to motor him past the gull to get a closer shot.  A truly surreal experience.

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You’re going to pay me $50 for what?