Arctic gull spotted in California

Posted by Christine, November 9, 2010

An Ivory Gull attracted birdwatchers to Pismo Beach in Central California. 

It was the second time the endangered bird, which nests in the Arctic circle, has ever been found on the coast of California, in one of the southernmost sightings in the world and the earliest ever for the United States, according to an article by the online journal eBird.

The bird is known to migrate, but ivory gulls have only occasionally strayed to southern Canada and the northern United States, according to eBird.

The journal also suggests that widespread environmental problems in the Arctic, including climate change, may be a cause for earlier and more southerly vagrant migrations.
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