[CT Birds] ID Help: Franklin's Gulls?
Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz
rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Sat Nov 10 16:16:37 EST 2012
Great photo challenge, Mike!
This gull shows spots on the primaries, but they are relatively small. I believe that this is non-breeding plumage Laughing Gull. A Franklin's Gull would show thicker - wider? more round? I'm having trouble with choice of words here - spots.
The Laughing Gull has very tiny, insignificant primary spots in breeding plumage.
Another noteworthy field mark is the very indistinct "hood". The nonbreeding Franklin's Gull would have a much darker, more pronounced hood.
These field marks are so subtle. I always wonder how many CT Franklin's Gulls I've merely walked past!
From: Michael Richardson <michael_s_richardson at hotmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2012 3:12 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] ID Help: Franklin's Gulls?
I initially thought these were just Laughing Gulls, but now that I take a
closer look, I see white tips on the primaries, which, according to
Wikipedia, suggests Franklin's Gull. Is that correct?
Photo taken on 10/30/2012 (the day after Hurricane Sandy) at the Saugatuck
Rowing Club in Westport, CT
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