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I've enjoyed all the reports of the Ivory Gull with envy.  My life sighting was a "satisfactory, but not satisfying" view of it in flight, briefly, over a landfill near Duluth on a fieldtrip at the Sax Zim Bog festival one cold February.  Might I even dream of this one hanging around for two more weeks until I am back in Missouri? 

Several of you have taken time to share useful ways to keep track of it and other rare bird sightings.  The following is a truncated version of my daily ebird rarities alert to which I subscribed on this page.  http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts  You can set preferences to hourly, if you wish.  The same reports which I've included on the gull are included for each of the other species.  

June Newman




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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Bean-Goose (1 Oregon)
Barnacle Goose (1 Massachusetts, 3 New York)
Tufted Duck (3 California, 1 Massachusetts, 4 Newfoundland and Labrador)
Brown Booby (2 California, 3 Texas)
Gray Heron (1 Florida)
Ivory Gull (19 Illinois, 2 Missouri)
Eurasian Kestrel (1 Nova Scotia)
Aplomado Falcon (2 Texas)
Sinaloa Wren (1 Arizona)
Black-capped Gnatcatcher (1 Arizona)
Rustic Bunting (5 California)
Brambling (3 California)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 11:00 by Mick McHugh
- All America City Park, Quincy, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.9495971,-91.4172471&ll=39.9495971,-91.4172471
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21259738
- Comments: "Continuing white gull, bill yellow tipped, black eye & legs Ring-bill Gull sized"

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 07, 2015 12:27 by Marion Miller
- Art Keller Marina, Quinssippi Island Park, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.941894,-91.419837&ll=39.941894,-91.419837
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21254592
- Comments: "Continuing. A brilliant white gull with gray yellow tipped bill.  Thank you Jason Mullins for this opportunity!
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/54356231@N04/16206867166" title="Ivory Gull, Guincy IL by Marion Miller, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7533/16206867166_ebbf5d8892.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull, Guincy IL" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/54356231@N04/16232760745" title="Ivory Gull, Art Keller Marina by Marion Miller, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7481/16232760745_1ff1c5ab81.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull, Art Keller Marina" /></a>"

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2015 13:09 by Kirby Adams
- IVGU Stakeout, Marion, Missouri
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.9399487,-91.4321494&ll=39.9399487,-91.4321494
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21249958
- Comments: "Precise location of continuing IVGU entered here for personal state-listing purposes - feel free to invalidate."

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2015 12:43 by Micky Louis
- Missouri side of MS River, Marion, Missouri
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.9382114,-91.4307117&ll=39.9382114,-91.4307117
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21250268
- Comments: "All white gull with black legs, black bill with yellow tip and dark eye.  Digiscope photo available"

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 10:00 by Landon Neumann
- Quincy, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.93565,-91.40985&ll=39.93565,-91.40985
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21259480
- Comments: "Continuing bird at the marina on Quinisippi Island. Likes to hang out on roof and fish around the marina."

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 10:00 by Rob Ripma
- Quincy, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.93565,-91.40985&ll=39.93565,-91.40985
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21259482
- Comments: "Continuing bird at the marina on Quinisippi Island. Likes to hang out on roof and fish around the marina."

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 09:00 by Jeremy Ross
- Quincy, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.93565,-91.40985&ll=39.93565,-91.40985
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21259452
- Comments: "Same gull. All white, pigeon like in proportion but slightly larger, of course. Dull colored beak with yellowish tip. Black feet.  Effortless swift flight, buoyant. Skimmed fish from nearby open holes in the ice around the marina."

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 12:30 by sherry leonardo
- Quinsippi Island, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.942019,-91.421756&ll=39.942019,-91.421756
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21259775
- Comments: "seen at marina. saw it sitting, standing, flying and eating a fish. pure white
gull about the size of a ring-billed with black legs, dark eye and dark bill with
yellow tip."

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 11:10 by Malcolm Gold
- Quinsippi Island, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.942019,-91.421756&ll=39.942019,-91.421756
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21252485
- Comments: "Continuing Mega Rarity.  Medium sized Gull, all white with yellow tipped bill.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolmgold/16047429078" title="Ivory Gull by Malcolm Gold, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8571/16047429078_db8733d88e_z.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>"

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 11:10 by Jennifer Hammett
- Quinsippi Island, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.942019,-91.421756&ll=39.942019,-91.421756
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21258967
- Comments: "Continuing Mega Rarity.  Medium sized Gull, all white with yellow tipped bill. Pictures later."

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 10:15 by Lee Elliott
- Quinsippi Island, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.942019,-91.421756&ll=39.942019,-91.421756
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21254370
- Comments: "Entirely white gull, black eye, yellow tipped bill.
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lfelliott/16232715245" title="Ivory Gull by Lee Elliott, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8652/16232715245_1eed424871.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>"

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 09:35 by Rachael Casey
- Quinsippi Island, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.942019,-91.421756&ll=39.942019,-91.421756
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21256048
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 09:00 by John Mallery
- Quinsippi Island, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.942019,-91.421756&ll=39.942019,-91.421756
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21253633
- Comments: "At marina. All white bird, black legs. Bill is dark at base with yellow tip. Flew several times, and caught two fish. Good views with scope and binoculars. Observed for 2 hours."

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 08:30 by Adam Sell
- Quinsippi Island, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.942019,-91.421756&ll=39.942019,-91.421756
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21252395
- Comments: "Continuing adult. Many photos. Unreal."

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1)
- Reported Jan 06, 2015 13:40 by Rick Brigham
- Quinsippi Island, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.942019,-91.421756&ll=39.942019,-91.421756
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21259478
- Comments: "Continuing adult bird.
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/16233958502" title="Ivory Gull by Rick Brigham, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8682/16233958502_359d4d0230_o.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/16208870726" title="Ivory Gull by Rick Brigham, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7530/16208870726_a2408f1c4c_o.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/16047257798" title="Ivory Gull by Rick Brigham, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7492/16047257798_5a2d45e96f_o.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/16048654289" title="Ivory Gull by Rick Brigham, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8568/16048654289_fa68786d7e_o.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>"

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1)
- Reported Jan 06, 2015 13:40 by Chace Scholten
- Quinsippi Island, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.942019,-91.421756&ll=39.942019,-91.421756
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21259724
- Comments: "Continuing adult bird.
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/16233958502" title="Ivory Gull by Rick Brigham, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8682/16233958502_359d4d0230_o.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/16208870726" title="Ivory Gull by Rick Brigham, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7530/16208870726_a2408f1c4c_o.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/16047257798" title="Ivory Gull by Rick Brigham, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7492/16047257798_5a2d45e96f_o.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/16048654289" title="Ivory Gull by Rick Brigham, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8568/16048654289_fa68786d7e_o.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>"

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2015 13:10 by Kirby Adams
- Quinsippi Island, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.942019,-91.421756&ll=39.942019,-91.421756
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21249803
- Comments: "Continuing bird, well documented by others."

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 14:19 by Malcolm Gold
- Quinsippi Island, Quincy, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.9436755,-91.4224676&ll=39.9436755,-91.4224676
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21255884
- Comments: "Continuing Mega Rarity. Medium sized Gull, all white with yellow tipped bill.  Seen earlier in day.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolmgold/15612524794" title="Ivory Gull by Malcolm Gold, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7553/15612524794_ebdea77533_z.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolmgold/16048828139" title="Ivory Gull by Malcolm Gold, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7538/16048828139_16af51ca04_z.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>"

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2015 14:19 by Jennifer Hammett
- Quinsippi Island, Quincy, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.9436755,-91.4224676&ll=39.9436755,-91.4224676
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21259889
- Comments: "Continuing Mega Rarity. Medium sized Gull, all white with yellow tipped bill.  Seen earlier in day.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolmgold/15612524794" title="Ivory Gull by Malcolm Gold, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7553/15612524794_ebdea77533_z.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolmgold/16048828139" title="Ivory Gull by Malcolm Gold, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7538/16048828139_16af51ca04_z.jpg" alt="Ivory Gull" /></a>"

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 07, 2015 12:30 by Joe Lill
- Quinsippi Island, Quincy, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.9436755,-91.4224676&ll=39.9436755,-91.4224676
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21257920
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen at close range."

Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 07, 2015 11:00 by Karen Loeschen
- Quinsippi Island, Quincy, Adams, Illinois
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.9436755,-91.4224676&ll=39.9436755,-91.4224676
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21253767
- Comments: "Rare Ivory Gull was reported in the Quincy Herald-Whig and although I am a beginner bird-watcher I traveled 30 miles from Golden, IL hoping there would be experienced bird watchers there.  I was not disappointed.  A birdwatcher from Leavensworth, Kansas with a scope helped me spot it."


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