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I didn’t go to The Gull Frolic this year. I decided not to when the invitations went out to Illinois Ornithological Society members last November. I was then looking forward to my trip to San Blas and the thought of coming back to stand on the lakefront in freezing temperatures after spending the early part of January in warm and sunny Mexico did not appeal to me. And anyway, my head was still full of images of Great Black-backed Gulls I had seen in New Brunswick and Grand Manan.

So this post features some of the Great Black-backeds and other species seen as we made our way from St. John to Grand Manan by ferry.

The photo below is actually a small section of a larger image. I was trying to focus on the White-Winged Scoters we were seeing from quite a distance. Or as Ann has now corrected me, they were Black Guillemots! We had some Scoters too. But this is sometimes the problem with processing photos half a year or more later.

Black Guillemots

More of the White-Winged Scoters. Oh they’re not, let’s fix this right now. They are Black Guillemots. I don’t know what happened to the Scoter. Maybe it’s in the third photograph on top — how far away we were at one point…

White-Winged Scoters

More Great Black-backed Gulls – and there’s likely a few Herring Gulls in the group shot, but it’s more like a warmer version of a Gull Frolic.

These Red-Necked Grebes were distant but delightful nonetheless.

Sooty Shearwaters don’t photograph particularly well at a distance.

A glimpse of a rugged landscape.

Great Shearwaters were abundant and easier to photograph than the Harbor Seals in the first two photographs below.

I thought this post needed a little color.

A few more Great Black-Backed Gulls.

Some of that lovely rugged stuff that grows on rock.

And an adult Herring Gull.

I will be back with the other half of this day’s photos. The focus will be on land birds. It took me a week to process the 740-or-so images on my recalcitrant pokey travel laptop. But I guess these days I can’t complain about how long it takes me to do anything.

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  1. Hi Lisa
    Hope you are keeping safe and well. You featured one of my favorite Maine birds today. They nest on an Audubon sanctuary a mile offshore from here. I believe they are Black Guillemots, though. You caught a glimpse of their bodacious orange-red feet in a couple of your shots! Thank you also for the shots of different cycle gull plumage. So confusing!
    Ann (big bend ‘19)

    • Hi Ann! You know I thought about the Guillemots which I saw much better in Ireland years ago. Of course! Thanks for the comment and correction. It’s really hard looking at photos I took more than half a year ago. At least that’s my excuse. Ha!

  2. Hi Lisa!
    The Gull Frolic (love the title) sounded fun until you mentioned the freezing temps! You made a good decision. Thank you for the lovely trip down memory lane. The Great Black-backeds are quite stunning, especially like the photo at the end of your post. Take good care!

    • Hi Joanne! Thanks for your comments and support. I’m glad now it’s taking me so long to get through the photographs from the last two trips. The more diversion from the current reality the better. Stay well and sane! 🙂

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