A Franklin's Gull made an appearance at Bonita Beach last year and this week, my first and second attempt to find it was unsuccessful but the third time was a charm - and interestingly enough we saw three of them this morning, what a sight!
The Franklin's Gull is uncommon on beaches and it's quite a treat to find it, it is common on Great Plains - it winters on west coast of South America. It is very rare in winter in southern CA and Gulf Coast. So, with much further ado....I present you the Franklin's Gull.
|Very similar to the Laughing Gull but smaller in size, in bill, in legs and shorter wings.|
|Being along the coast we were surrounded by the Black Skimmers and Sanderlings.|
|Here's Franklin next to a Royal Tern.|
|More flights - taking off and/or landing -|
|The Franklin did some of that too.|
|First year birds have clean white underwing with limited black tips on primaries and very neat and contrasting partial hood.|
|A Franklin with a Laughing Gull - here the size difference is obvious.|
|While it stretched its wing the all-white outer tail feathers were obvious.|
|Pretty amazing, hey? My E-Bird List for this morning.|