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Posted By:kev
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2009-06-20 02:52:03
In my language (literal translation to English), Larus ridibundus is called 'laughing gull', whereas Leucophaeus atricilla is 'soot-wing gull'. Over here, Leusophaeus atricilla is still mostly classed as Larus atricilla. The world of birds is a jumble of names that the powers-that-be keep changing all the time. ;-) Anyway, this 'laughing gull' with its brown head is Black-headed Gull, so the person who named it is either colourblind or has a strange sense of humour.
2009-06-20 00:43:20
This is gettin' interesting..cause we have what we call Laughing Gulls here too, only they are no longer classified as within the genus Larus, but are now classified as Leucophaeus atricilla... adults have black heads, grey backs, and black wing tips..further north the black head color fades during winter, but here our winters are typically so mild there isn't much noticable change..and they do laugh..in fact, although I usually enjoy hearing them , if they gather in sufficient numbers ( like at a ferry landing where people are feeding 'em ) the noise can kinda get on your nerves...like grackles..two or three grackles shrieking and whistling is pleasant and interesting..a hundred of 'em can drive you nuts..
2009-06-19 23:48:17
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus). Despite its name, the head is not black but chocolate brown. Very noisy birds that form large colonies. Larus ridibundus means ‘laughing gull’ and that is exactly what they sound like. It only has the brown ‘hood’ during breeding season. An interesting thing about them that I noticed only a few years back: in their migration flight they fly in a V-formation, just like cranes, swans and geese, for example. Odd behaviour for gulls, though.
2009-06-19 23:07:08
Am pretty sure that's some kind of gull..but there are LOTS of different kinds of gulls ( as many as ten species just here on the Upper Gulf Coast ) and this is not one I've ever seen ...
2009-06-19 22:34:14
sorry skip i'm not sure what the bird is,i'm sure some one will tell us though
2009-06-19 17:51:24
Great pic kev! I like pictures of birds in flight, where you can see their wing span, does anyone know what kind of bird this is?