Date: 4/13/17 7:36 am From: Bob Archer <rabican1...> Subject: [obol] West Coast Laughing Gulls
It could be that we are seeing the expansion of Laughing Gulls on the west coast. They do live down south in Mexico on the west coast. No big surprise that they may have been pushed north out of Mexico into Cal due to the changes in water conditions in the Sea of Cortez. There is an email from Alvaro on this very subject a few days ago on CalBirds. They are one of my favorite birds, Alvaro mentions one of my favorite banding reports. I grew up looking at Laughing Gulls in Barnegat Light NJ, a young Laughing Gull was banded there, it turned up in very poor health and unfortunately did not recover, in Hawaii! Interesting to know if this is a west coast breeder or a wanderer. Here is the news piece on the Barnegat Light bird. Real question is in 10-20 years will this be a rare bird in Oregon?