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Harsh Winter brings sea ducks to Chicago area

Some rare birds are showing up in the Chicago area.

Experts say many of the ducks have flown far from their usual habitats in search of food. But some were grounded by recent snowstorms and unusually brutal weather conditions

The Slaty Backed Gull is usually found in near Japan and the Aleutian island, but the duck was spotted a in Libertyville a couple days ago.

In less harsh winters, many of the ducks would be farther out on the lake where few would see them.

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6 Comments to “Harsh Winter brings sea ducks to Chicago area”

    Jasbo said:
    February 15, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Looks like a male mallard duck to me

    Scorched_Earth said:
    February 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Why?
    It's the lazy TeaTard types like you that brought them here so can you sit on your porch and drink lemonaid while they slave away for your easy money. If you had the spine back then to do your own work and earn honest money you wouldn't be dealing with your complaints today? It's your fault it is what it is.

    smitty said:
    February 15, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    The Slaty Backed Gull is a Gull and not Duck.

    Sunil Gopalan said:
    February 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Incredible grainy shot of this rarity! So .. did the mallard eat the gull?

    melissachattaraj said:
    February 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    So much FAIL in such a short article!

    BillyP said:
    February 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    This article is really embarrassing. Aside from the misspelling of Slaty-backed Gull and the lack of fact-checking, the writing is sub-par and difficult to follow. I know it's a minor web piece but I expect a little more professionalism out of large news organizations.

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