Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla), Willcox Twin Lakes, Cochise County
This Laughing Gull was
discovered by John Higgins and photographed by Christie Van Cleve on 15 May 2012.
Only about 20 previous records.
This bird is in worn late first cycle plumage and can
easily be confused with a worn first cycle Franklin's
Gull that can lack the white in the wing tips as well.
Key points on this bird are the poorly defined grayish
hood (crisper black half-hood in Franklin's), gray
hindneck and sides of breast (white in Franklin's) and
the long drooping bill (shorter with less droop in
Franklin's). Note also in the third photo you can see
the mottled underwing pattern. Franklin's has white
15 May 2012, photo by Christie Van CleveAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 16 May 2012