At this point my mind started to wander, a very dangerous thing which causes many birders to just call it anything. Maybe a hybrid?
Long story short, (and after asking the opinion of a few others) it appeared to be the painfully obvious one, a 1st winter Glaucous Gull. A small one, but a Glaucous Gull none the less. I'm actually quite embarrassed by not knowing what it was outright, but I guess we all have an off day.
Glaucous Gull with Herring Gulls. In this photo it actually appears larger than the Herring Gulls
In this photo, the Glaucous Gull appears to be the same size as the Herring Gulls. Earlier the Glaucous Gull was sitting in a row with the Herring Gulls and looked almost exactly the same size.
Definitely a snowy one for the start of this year's Christmas Bird Counts. Windsor reported 22 cm of snow over Saturday. Kind of reminds me of the winters of my youth when we actually had this much snow. It will probably be all gone by Friday as the forecast calls for 5 Celsius and rain. It will be interesting to see what gets reported at feeders in southern Ontario now. I have mine setup. If Santa could send me a Golden-crowned Sparrow for Christmas I promise to be a good girl........no really I mean it this year...
Photo out the window after Saturday's snowfall. Hummingbird feeder in the foreground (not much action there recently), another feeder setup in the background (with a chicken coop behind it if you were wondering) and a now frozen bird bath amongst the cedars, spruce and tamaracks)