New State Bird (for Everyone) the Great Black-backed Gull

This bird first seen by Kenny & LaDonna Nichols on Thursday. Friday, Karen, Doris, Dottie and I made a speed run to lake Dardanelle to see it but was foiled.  Saturday, the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas on their monthly field trip spent a lot of time looking for it.  I had to take off around noon and missed its recovery at about 4 PM. So Sunday morning, Dan Scheiman and I went one more time and found it within about 15 minutes.  Third time charm.  Common on the east coast, never seen in Arkansas before. I saw one on the east coast 29 years ago so this is only a half-life bird and a great state bird #340.

Great Black-backed Gull Lake Dardanelle January 2015 2198 Great Black-backed Gull Lake Dardanelle January 2015 2210

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