Date: 11/2/18 3:15 pm From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Re: Apparent large flock of Franklin's Gulls at Ecusta Pond, Transylvania Co NC
I agree with Jelmer. Franklin's Gulls are fairly late southbound migrants thru the middle of the continent, such as the latter part of October and into November. This has been a very strong frontal system with many thunderstorms in states to our west. These bird almost certainly were pushed eastward by this very unsettled weather. There would not be that many Laughing Gulls in the mountains now -- no hurricane or tropical storm activity. That would be much more of a shock there and now than Franklin's Gulls.
Yes, the previous state record is 7 -- also from the southern mountains, and also in the first 10 days of November -- a parallel indeed.
It does look like I can make out a bit of a white band near the wingtips of one or two birds. I hope the eBird editors can correct this to 37 Franklin's Gulls, and then accept that -- rather than simply rejecting a photo report of 37 Laughing Gulls.
Harry LeGrand author/editor of the Birds of North Carolina website
On Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 5:49 PM Jelmer Poelstra <carolinabirds...> wrote: