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  Order Charadriiformes - Plovers, Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, Auks
   Family Laridae - Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
      Subfamily Larinae - Gulls

  Charadriiforms are a diverse group of shore and aquatic or wading or terrestrial birds. They include the sandgrouse, shore birds, gulls and terns, and alcids. The majority breed in the Northern Hemisphere.
   The Tree of Life includes shorebirds with the Ciconiiformes.
Gulls and Terns are found along seacoasts and most inland bodies of water around the world.
Gulls have three webbed toes and their toes are not hooked. The tail is rarely forked. The upper margin of the bill is curved and the maxilla overhangs the mandible at the tip. There is no cere. They are gregarious and generally have less spectacular migrations than shorebirds
Hooded Gulls have black heads in the breeding plumage.
     
 
  Franklin's Gull, Leucophaeus pipixcan
 
 USGS     Wiki     ToL     EoL
        FALL, WINTER - Accidental
            PRAIRIE (fresh water); FIELDS, FLATS
 
 
   The Franklin's Gull is a hooded gull and looks much like the Laughing Gull. It is a bit smaller and the adult has broad white eye-arcs and large white primary tips. Non-breeding birds retain an extensive hood. Juveniles have a dark half-hood. Despite these differences, identification here would require a very patient individual that would give you a very good chance to study all of its features. They breed on fresh-water marshes in the prairie and forage on nearby fields.

Franklin's Gulls

Franklin's Gulls (first year birds) - flying along the coast of Peru (Patagonia). Franklin's Gulls range widely into the Pacific in non-breeding seasons.

     
  NOTES:
   Checklists -
      Hilton Head - accidental migrant.
   P&G: 4 records.
   M&G: 5th record, Jasper Co. spoil area.
   Avendex: 9 records, September - November, January. Maximum 9 birds, Savannah River spoil area, 28 September 2003.
   Potter: A bird of the prairies, this gull rarely occurs east of the Appalachians. Recent records suggest the species is still rare in the Carolinas but it may be more numerous than thought (it is very similar to the Laughing Gull and may be overlooked.) There are records from the Savannah Spoil Site in Jasper Co. and Huntington Beach State Park plus several inland sightings.
  ●  Accidental (and quite difficult to separate from the Laughing Gull). This is the only gull that undergoes two complete molts per year so the plumage appears fresh at all times.
 


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