Date: 4/5/17 7:32 pm
From: Marty Wall (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Black-headed Gull?
Thanks for the input. I guess the light made me think one was lighter than
the other. Both birds apparently just Laughing Gulls. I appreciate the
expertise available on this listserv.

Marty Wall

On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 10:07 PM, Jelmer Poelstra <jelmerpoelstra...>

> Hello Marty,
> To me, this, unfortunately, looks like a Laughing Gull. On the top
> picture, I am actually not sure which individual is the bird in
> question. Presumably, it's the right-hand bird, since the left-hand bird
> has the extended hood and exaggerated eye-arc of a Laughing. However, the
> right-hand bird looks similarly-sized and with a similarly dark mantle. The
> bottom picture looks exciting at first glance, with e.g. the hood seemingly
> not extending across the back of the head, but the mantle is too dark,
> which can be judged by the (too) strongly contrasting tertial crescents,
> and there are two large white primary spots visible -- those should be
> small or absent in Black-headed. Finally, on both pictures, the head(s)
> look pitch-black rather than chocolate-brown.
> Best wishes,
> Jelmer Poelstra
> On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 9:28 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 Wall
>> Eden & Beaufort, NC
>> <>
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