Thank you folks for finding this great bird, and Dave for getting the word out. 
I just want to suggest that since the BHGU was hanging with Ring-billed Gulls, 
and since this is an abundant gull in urban areas throughout Europe, I would 
keep an eye out for it at Wegmans or other parking lots where Ring-bills gather 
during the day.


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On Feb 9, 2020, at 4:13 PM, David Nicosia <> wrote:

I have noticed a few ebird reports that state I found the BHGU. It was Ken 
Kemphues who originally found what he thought was a Bonaparte's gull. There 
were 5 of us, Ken, Diane Morton, Suzanne Giffin, myself and of course Bob 
McGuire who was leading the field trip. After looking at bird we collectively 
began thinking BHGU given the larger red bill, very red legs and lighter gray 
mantle. Ken actually started this conversation.  Since the bird would be such a 
mega rarity we wanted to be 100 percent sure. I sent a photo to Jay McGowan who 
confirmed it for us. Since I had a decent photo I sent the RBA out.  A great 
bird no doubt. A lifer for me!

Glad a lot of folks enjoyed it.  Hope it sticks around. Good birding to all!!

Dave Nicosia
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