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Rare gull stirs birder influx to Bay State

Arctic native seen in two locations

The ivory gull sighted in Gloucester. It and a second bird, spotted in Plymouth this week, are the first found in Massachusetts the state in more than two decades. The species usually winters on ice north of Newfoundland, ornithologists said. The ivory gull sighted in Gloucester. It and a second bird, spotted in Plymouth this week, are the first found in Massachusetts the state in more than two decades. The species usually winters on ice north of Newfoundland, ornithologists said. (Jeremiah Trimble)
By Martin Finucane
Globe Staff / January 21, 2009

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While many people were inside trying to keep warm Saturday morning, bird-watcher Jeremiah Trimble was stepping out of his car at Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester to look at the line of gulls perched on the breakwater. It was "absolutely freezing," he said. But what he saw through his binoculars at about 11:30 a.m. was well worth the pain. (Full article: 500 words)

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