While observing LAUGHING GULLS in Gulf Shores, AL earlier this month I realized once again I miss gulls. I have stated before when we lived in Illinois there were numerous gulls along the Illinois River Flyway. Mainly RING-BILLED GULLS, but occasionally others in season. Searching through a flock of gulls always seemed to round out a day of birding.
I spent a little time watching Laughing Gulls while they were most active in the early morning. They were already on the beach when I when I arrived before sunrise. Do they roost there?
I used to spend hours watching and aging the Ring-billed, bordering on a gull geek. But not quite. I didn’t spend much time aging the Laughing Gulls but differences were obvious.
I enjoyed watching them fly back and forth up the coast and out to sea to feed. Their slow, efficient wing beats in unison.
The best part was when the gulls found a pool of little fish and went crazy feeding on them. All ages partook as did the nearby Great Blue Herons.
Following is an attempt at a video of the gulls feeding. Please forgive the first few seconds as I learn to use the video on the camera.
I use to periodically see this feeding action on the Illinois River involving hundreds of gulls, but never this close.
It was fun to watch.
I miss gulls.