January 22, 2009

Arctic ivory gulls seen in Massachusetts

A couple of ivory gulls, which usually live in the high Arctic, have been spotted in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Audubon Society said birders are flocking to Gloucester, Mass., where an ivory gull was spotted Saturday -- the first sighting of the species in the Bay State in two decades, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.

A second ivory gull was spotted Tuesday in Plymouth, Mass.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Web site said the bird is rarely seen south of the Bering Sea or Canada's Maritime Provinces, the newspaper said.