An outing so friend and naturalist Joel Greenberg could see the confluence of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers turned into something special Friday about lunchtime.
Boat driver Bill Anderson, who later sent the better photo above, asked Greenberg what the seagull was ahead of us just at the very formation of the Illinois River upstream of the Dresden Lock and Dam.
At first Greenberg simply said it was one of the two common gulls. Then he glassed it better and flipped out. It was a very early black-legged kittiwake.
The above photo the black-legged kittiwake is mine. It was re-sighted by a number of birders on Saturday.
Anderson has more photos posted here of the outing on his CatchPhotoRelease.com site.