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A 24-hour detour to northeastern Massachussets. The incredible winter season continues.

Above and below: An adult Ivory Gull found at Cape Ann, Massachusetts by Jeremiah Trimble. My friends Jim Brighton and Mikey Lutmerding and I learned of the discovery at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday evening and were on the road by 8:45. Around dawn eleven hours later we were watching this most rare and beautiful of gulls. For anyone reading who is not familiar with the species, this is a rare bird of the high arctic, the famous scavenger of Polar Bear kills. This is really a dream sighting, and the bird was somehow even more spectacular than I'd expected. (1/18/2009)

Below: While driving the off-road vehicle (ORV) zone on Assateague Island, Maryland, Jim Brighton spotted this Dovekie close to shore. This is a small member of the alcid family, the northern hemisphere's answer to penguins. It is smaller than a robin and is very rarely seen from shore. (1/17/2009)

Below: A second-cycle Glaucous Gull at the Salisbury Landfill, Maryland (1/17/2009).

Below: Another Glaucous Gull, this one in flight over Worcester Central Landfill, spotted by Matt Hafner (1/17/2009).

Below: A drake Common Eider in Cape Ann, Massachusetts (1/18/2009).

Below: A Great Black-backed Gull scavenges a dead Bufflehead on Assateague Island, Maryland (1/17/2009).

Below: A Bonaparte's Gull off Assateague Island, Maryland (1/17/2009).

Below: A Tufted Titmouse cracks a sunflower seed in Carroll Co., Maryland (1/16/2009).

Below: A Snowy Owl hunts along the beach on Assateague Island, Maryland (1/17/2009). These lucky photos were not acquired by approaching the bird, but were snapped by luck when the bird flew past us and out over the ocean as we drove back. We snapped a few photos of the gorgeous creature before leaving it to it's dinner arrangements.

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