Laughing Gull - juvenile with Ring-billed Gulls, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. August 15th, 2016.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Finally a break in the hot, muggy weather bringing a relatively nice day to Gill and, even better, a relatively nice gull! This fresh, hatch-year Laughing Gull was one of just three gulls present at Barton Cove/Turner's Falls today. It spent all of it's time on the buoy line that spans both sides of the river and was easily viewed from Unity Park in Turner's Falls as well as Riverview Drive in Gill. Not only a Gill/Turner's Falls first for me but also my first in Franklin County and interior Massachusetts. Moreover, this is 12th species of gull that I've confirmed and documented from this site since 2005, a tally that does not include several possible Thayer's Gulls in February 2009 or the much talked about Yellow-legged/hybrid Gull from February 2016.