Thayer's Gull (Larus glaucoides)Genus Larus / Family Laridae / Order Charadriiformes / Class Aves / Phylum Chordata / Kingdom Animalia
A first-cycle Thayer's Gull in Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland (11/23/2008). Found by Mikey Lutmerding, this rare gull was one of the most confiding rare birds we've ever encountered. After hiding from me for all these years in Maryland, I thought it was quite kind and appropriate.
Me with a first-cycle Thayer's Gull in Wicomico County, Maryland (11/23/2008). Eventually it was time to go, but not without our memories. We'd become good friends, and we agreed to keep in touch. Here's a photo of me, Big Lens, and the Thayer's Gull by Mikey Lutmerding. Raising the bar on documentation...
Thayer's Gull (Larus glaucoides) - Map
For now, here's a fun heat map representation of my personal sightings in iNaturalist courtesy of iNaturalist.