Rare Seagull Attracts Bird Lovers to Duluth

The Ivory Gull Is Native to the Arctic

For wildlife enthusiasts, the Northland is a great area to come look at some of the world’s most beautiful creatures.

But a seagull has caused quite a stir around Canal Park.

An ivory gull has appeared in Duluth, and attracted crowds of bird enthusiasts to come get a glimpse.

Ivory gulls are jet white, although the younger male here in town still has some black spots around his face.

They are native to the Arctic Circle; to see one this far south is quite rare.

“They like to follow polar bears around, from what I gather, and feed on the leftovers from their carcasses,” explains Stratton Hatfield, a grad student from the University of Kentucky. “And to have one in Duluth, Minnesota, is a bit unreal. Very very special.”

Hatfield is part of a group of birders from Kentucky who had already planned a trip up to
the Northland for bird watching.

Their goal was to see owls and falcons and woodpeckers, but they say seeing an ivory gull is easily the most special part of the trip.

And even some birders who arrived in from Kentucky say to see this ivory gull in the Northland is a special experience.

“It trumps it all, absolutely,” Hatfield said. “It’s a very special bird. Don’t get me wrong, a live great grey owl for me was spectacular – because that’s why I came up here. The ivory gull was a bonus that I could never have expected.”

The gull first appeared on Saturday, and those who were there say there were more than a hundred people taking pictures.

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