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This morning, 10/23, I found a 1st cycle Franklin's Gull on a sandbar in Ponce de Leon Inlet. The bird was with a very large flock of Laughing Gulls, about 1,000 Common Terns, 500+ Sandwich Terns, 83 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and many other gulls and terns. Access to the best viewing spot is from Lighthouse POint Park. Go to the main parking area, then walk west on the grassy walkway. When the walkway turns right, climb the rocks and view the sandbar. A scope is needed. The sandbar is best at low tide. It gets covered up as the tide comes in. Early morning low tide is best, especially if eagles spook the resting birds off Disappearing Island and they drop in here.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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