Tonight, 11/24, just before sunset, I found a 1st winter Franklin's Gull at Daytona Beach Shores, Volusia County. The bird was located on the beach, just north of Frank Rendon Park. The large gull concentrations are beginning again for the winter. Tonight there were about 10,000+ gulls on the beach, mostly Laughing Gulls, so this is much like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Look for a bird that is very much like a Laughing Gull, but slightly smaller, with distinctly shorter legs. The black on the head is more solidly black than most of the Laughing Gulls and this really sets off the bold white eye-arcs. Note that the bill is also smaller and the bird is more compact.


Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet

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