CHICAGO (AP) __ If the Chicago area felt like Siberia in the past
week, maybe you should blame a recent visitor from that frigid
Or maybe he knew something about the coming weather, and was
just checking things out.
According to the annual Christmas Bird Count, a program of the
National Audubon Society, a slaty-backed gull, which normally lives
in Siberia and winters in Japan, showed up recently, first in
Indiana and then in Chicago’s Calumet Park. The sightings of the
rare gull created great excitement among Illinois and Indiana
Marshall Iliff, an ornithologist from Cornell University, tells
the (Tinley Park) SouthtownStar the slaty-backed gull is fairly
rare in North America, except for Alaska, but sightings have
increased in recent years.
No one seems to know why.

Copyright Associated Press


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