The dark-mantled pseudo-kelp hybrid made its annual return to the Lake Michigan shoreline this morning. It' been an adult since at least 2006 meaning it's at least 10 years old.
2011, 2010, 2009 and before. Last year I emailed Steve Cardiff, one of the LSU researchers who studied the Chandeleur islands Herring-Kelp hybrids. He said it wasn't one.
I actually have had a ton of good yearbirds in the 2 weeks or so thanks to considerably expanded UTSJ counts. A couple different Parasitic Jaegers, Long-tailed Jaeger, Eared Grebe, Whimbrel, Hudsonian Godwit, and Little Gull have all flown past, though most well past photo range. This Little Gull came close, however it was on top of us before I picked it up and it quickly ducked into the Sun.
Black-headed Gull like bit of color at the base of the bill.
For the first few hours today it was super calm. Tim pointed out the spring peeper like noises in the background which were hundreds of Swainson's thrushes making their way inland high overhead. As it was pretty calm birds weren't really falling out on the pier though their simple numbers were enough that there was a steady trickle of Palms down the pier. We had double digit warbler species numbers in the park though the overwhelming majority were Palms.