I've decided to take my family out for a scrumptious meal this weekend. But for some odd reason, I am craving REALLY FRESH New England seafood. Perhaps some succulent Lobster, best enjoyed with a stunning view of Cape Cod and the Atlantic Ocean?
Ok, I admit it. I am really caught up in the excitement regarding a recently-reported rare bird: an IVORY GULL. It's an extremely infrequent visitor to the United States, especially the lower 48. This gull spends it's days and nights on the ice in the Arctic Circle feeding on Polar Bear kills and lemmings. (And for those of you interested in recycling, when the IVORY GULL is finished raising it's young, their sizable nests are eaten by Caribou.)
This past Friday, one IVORY GULL was found in Gloucester, Mass. And THIS JUST IN: Today (Tuesday, January 20th) a SECOND IVORY GULL was observed and photographed in Plymouth. Both birds are adults, with their famous pure, glowing white plumage.
So with our odds now doubled, the Haas family has HIGH HOPES that both birds will stick around through the weekend. Why? Well, on January 25th (this Sunday), my darling wife, adorable boy and I will depart from Baltimore at 9:05AM, arriving in Manchester, NH at 10:25AM sharp! We will start up our mid-sized rental car in world record time and venture off to go and find this amazing bird (hopefully lounging around it's famous and historic seaside town).
The weather geniuses are calling for 'abundant sunshine' in New England on Sunday. With highs in the LOW 20's, we will surely be shivering. But if we can see an IVORY GULL, it will be worth all of our efforts.
Maryland birders Bill Hubick, Mikey Lutmerding and Jim Brighton left for the frozen Northeast last Saturday night and drove through a snowstorm just to see this bird. They spoke highly of their road trip.
I even took the bold step of asking the BIRDCOUPLE to join us on our excursion. You should visit their blog and leave 'em a comment. Please put a little pressure on them to have lobsters with the Haas Family!
Finally, should both IVORY GULLS up and disappear back to the North Pole, there have also been regular sightings of a NORTHERN HAWK OWL in the region. That Hawk Owl (is it a Hawk, or is it an Owl?) would be a life bird as well, and one superb consolation prize! Oh the thrill of an adventure.
Have a great week.