Juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake

Niagara River above the Falls. 5 December 2009. Found by Betsy Potter. Scroll down for 2 photos.

Black-legged Kittiwake in juvenal plumage with black neck collar. Most Black-legged Kittiwakes found on Lake Ontario and the Niagara River are inexperienced young birds that have funnelled up the St. Lawrence River.


Juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake (second from left) with adult Bonaparte's Gulls in basic (winter) plumage.