Date: 12/25/17 8:57 am From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: A Jingle Bells gull on Lake Johnson in Raleigh
This morning I felt the need to get outdoors for some exercise, but with fairly high winds I wanted to stay in a sheltered place, and hope for the best in turning up something decent on Christmas morning. So, I went walking on the greenway at Lake Johnson here in the city. Interestingly, in just a small flock of about 20 Ring-billed Gulls on the water, there was a slightly smaller bird with a slaty back and a thin black bill. I went back to the car, and sure enough -- it was an adult LAUGHING GULL. (Too bad it was about 9 days too late for the Wake County CBC; I wonder if this species has ever been found on the count.)
I tried to turn it into an even more outlandish Franklin's Gull, but as the lyrics in Jingle Bells go -- it was a "Laughing all the way!"