I met Paul Prior and we were looking at
the gulls on the ice at Cherry Beach. Paul spotted a white gull
flying our way from the Spit. It was gleaming white in flight and
the edge of the ice. We got our scopes on it and saw it was an
adult Ivory Gull by its pure white plumage, black legs, and by its
yellowish-orange tipped bill with grey-blue at the base. It had no facial
markings. Shortly after, all the gulls flushed and it circled for
several minutes, then it settled down when I was able to take only
three photos before it flew again, this time west and out of sight.
Many people searched for it later that day and the following day but
it was not refound.