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Eastern Shore of Maryland. Last updated: 11/23/2008.

Above and next 18 photos: A first-cycle Thayer's Gull in Salisbury, Wicomico Co., Maryland (11/23/2008). Found by Mikey Lutmerding, this rare gull was one of the most confiding rare birds we've ever encountered. After hiding from me for all these years in Maryland, I thought it was quite kind and appropriate.

Below three: An interesting four-year gull at Salisbury, Maryland (11/23/2008).

Below: An adult Laughing Gull feeling less excited than we were about the Thayer's Gull (Salisbury, Maryland, 11/23/2008).

Below: Eventually it was time to go, but not without our memories. We'd become good friends, and we agreed to keep in touch. Here's a photo of me, Big Lens, and the Thayer's Gull by Mikey Lutmerding. Raising the bar on documentation...

Below: A dark-throated Red-tailed Hawk in Somerset Co., Maryland (11/23/2008).

Below two: Four Long-billed Dowitchers near Fairmount, Somerset Co., Maryland (11/23/2008).

Below: An immature Sharp-shinned Hawk in Somerset Co., Maryland (11/23/2008).

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