Dear Mobirders,


I saw three small white and black swimmers Saturday at Horseshoe Lake, IL that I cannot identify. They were viewed from the Route 203 side and were on the opposite side of the lake. They appear to be small and gull-like with long thin bills, rather like Avocets. The second picture includes a gull preening (probably a Ring-billed) which shows how small they are.


The pictures are poor but as good as I could do given the distance and wind. (Only two of the three birds are in these pictures.)


Any help would be appreciated.


Two swimmers:


With the (Ring-billed) gull:




Tom Fuller

Jersey County, IL



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