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Location
Wind Point (Lighthouse and Shoop Park), Racine County, Wisconsin, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu May 12, 2016 9:14 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 25 minute(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Jerry DeBoer
Species
49 species total
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Canada Goose
X
Wood Duck
X
Blue-winged Teal
X
Mallard
X
Red-breasted Merganser
X
Mourning Dove
X
Chimney Swift
X
Killdeer
X
Spotted Sandpiper
X
Bonaparte's Gull
1
Laughing Gull

Arriving at the lakeshore, I panned the lake with my binoculars and noted a dark mantled, black-headed gull floating among 4 or 5 Ring-billed Gulls. At approx. 150 yards, I could tell that the gull was virtually the same size as the Ring-billed Gulls and it appeared to have a pretty stout bill. Though I had my scope in the car, I was viewing the bird with my Swarovski 8.5x. I waited patiently for the bird to flap its wings and after several minutes it flew maybe 50 feet but that was enough to see the completely dark upper wings, darker in the outer primaries (above) and dark underside to the primaries below. Confident this was a Laughing Gull, I notified another nearby birder/photographer and got my scope. In the scope, I was able to verify the heavier bill as well as the other I.D. points mentioned as well as the completely dark primaries when at rest on the water. The birder/photographer took some photos that appeared to be good enough for documentation but he has not yet emailed them to me. In either case, it was indeed a Laughing Gull.

1
Franklin's Gull

After completing my round of the park, I checked the lakefront again to see if the Laughing Gull was still present. Looking out over the lake, I saw more than one dark headed, dark mantled gull and I thought there were more than 1 Laughing Gull as at that point, they were 100 feet or more apart. I went to get my scope and I had a minute or so to view this bird in the company of 2 Bonaparte's Gulls. The hood on this individual was incomplete, still transitioning in to breeding plumage. It was barely larger than the Bonaparte's Gulls it was associating with and its bill was slighter than the Laughing Gull I had seen approx. 1 hour earlier. At rest on the water, some white spotting could be seen in the primaries at rest, a characteristic you don't see in the Laughing. After a short time of observing it swimming, it took off and flew north and I was able to see the bolder black and white tips of the Franklin's. Once the Franklin's had departed, I scanned the lake further and quickly relocated the Laughing Gull just a short way to the south and was able to mentally note the difference (size, size/shape of bill, length of wings, etc.)

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Ring-billed Gull
1
Common Loon
X
Double-crested Cormorant
X
Red-bellied Woodpecker
X
Northern Flicker
X
Blue-headed Vireo
X
Warbling Vireo
X
Blue Jay
X
American Crow
X
Tree Swallow
X
Black-capped Chickadee
X
House Wren
X
Gray Catbird
X
Brown Thrasher
X
European Starling
X
House Finch
1
Pine Siskin
X
Chipping Sparrow
X
White-crowned Sparrow
X
White-throated Sparrow
X
Savannah Sparrow
X
Lincoln's Sparrow
X
Baltimore Oriole
X
Brown-headed Cowbird
X
Northern Waterthrush
X
Black-and-white Warbler
X
Nashville Warbler
X
Common Yellowthroat
X
American Redstart
X
Cape May Warbler
X
Chestnut-sided Warbler
X
Palm Warbler
X
Yellow-rumped Warbler
X
Black-throated Green Warbler
X
Scarlet Tanager
X
Northern Cardinal
X
Indigo Bunting
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes