Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla), Lake Havasu, Mohave County
This Laughing Gull was
found by Brittany O'Connor and photographed by David Vander Pluym
and Thomas Benson on 14 January 2018
About 30 prior records for Arizona, primarily from late spring and summer. If accepted by the ABC, this would be the first winter record for Arizona.
Small gull, smaller than Ring-billed Gull but larger
than Bonaparte's Gull. Distinguished from similar
Franklin's Gull by less extensive black on head, larger
and longer bill, broad black terminal tail band
extending to outermost tail feathers, and retained
brownish upper wing coverts. Aged as first cycle/second
year by retained juvenile brownish upper wing coverts,
and broad black terminal tail band.
14 January 2018, photo by David Vander Pluym
14 January 2018, photo by Thomas BensonAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 15 January 2018