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First-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) at Park Point Recreation Area, Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, 10 September 2014. Discovered during a gale on Lake Superior with offshore winds gusting 25-30 mph. Note its all black bill, blackish remiges lacking the pale primary panel of same age American Herring Gull, blackish tertials neatly edged whitish, and dramatic contrast between its lightly dappled rump/upper tail-coverts and blackish tail. Minnesota has only three earlier "fall" records, none of which refer to juveniles: one adult at Black Dog Lake, Dakota County, 19 August 1990 (The Loon 62:171); a "subadult" at Black Dog Lake, 5 September 2007 (The Loon 80:71); and one adult at the Superior Entry, St. Louis County, 9-20 September 2006 (The Loon 79:88).

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Taken on September 10, 2014