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Brogie & Brogie, "An Iceland Gull in Cedar County, Nebraska," from Nebraska Bird Review (June 1989) 57(2).


Copyright 1989, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


An Iceland Gull in Cedar County, Nebraska

Both Johnsgard (1986) and Bray et al. (1986) list the Iceland gull (Larus glaucoides) as accidental; the only record from Nebraska being a first-year male bird shot from a flock of crows by a boy at Dorchester, Saline Co., on 15 January 1907. The specimen was supposedly preserved, but now cannot be located with certainty. The following provides the second record for this species for Nebraska.

On 4 December 1988 we observed a first winter Iceland Gull at the Gavin's Point tailwaters, Cedar Co., Nebraska. The bird was first seen flying from a small sandbar and was in the company of several Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis). It flew upstream to the area where the water is released from the power plant, where it spent approximately 15 minutes. During this time it flew past us several times at a distance of less than 25 yards, and we were able to get several photos of the bird.