Date: 4/5/17 7:06 pm
From: David Weesner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Black-headed Gull?
Marty,I think these are both Laughing Gulls.The Black-h. Gull has a much lighter back (lighter gray) and the bill is smaller.Sometimes when Laughing Gulls sit in a relaxed position with their head on their shoulders their black seems to come up further.That's my two cents. Let's see what others say.Dave Weesner

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On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 9:29 PM, Marty Wall<carolinabirds...> wrote: I believe I saw a Black-headed Gull at the Cedar Island Ferry Terminal this morning.  I have included two photos in my eBird report linked below.  It was out on a sand bar near the inlet.  It didn't quite look right for a Bonaparte's Gull and when a Laughing Gull walked up to it, the size caught my attention.  In the photos you can see red in the bill and the legs look dark compared to a Bonaparte's Gull.  I would appreciate any opinions on the bird.
I also had FOY Black-necked Stilts, Sora (thought I surely would have heard one by now), Chimney Swifts, and deer tick (not excited about that one).  There was also a Purple Sandpiper with three Ruddy Turnstones near the inlet (about one mile east of the terminal).

Thanks,Marty WallEden & Beaufort, NC

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