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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A seagull with jewelry

October 28, 2009 at 06:18 AM

It’s a good thing Flathead carries his camera with him. You never know what he’s going to encounter. Weird fish. Freaky spiders. And even seagulls wearing odd forms of jewelry.

This one is from Sept. 13 on the Illinois River near Chillicothe. And give credit to Flathead’s son, Briar, for correctly identifying the bird as being tagged. Writes Flathead, “Briar said it was an animal tag right away!  I did not think so until I saw the leg band in the photos.”

So where did the band come from?

Local naturalist Michelle Simone writes, “It might be a bird from one of the nesting colonies along Lake Michigan. USDA-WS has been marking gulls in various colonies along the lake for several years. One of their marked birds was sighted on Anderson Lake a few years ago.”

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