Florida – off to a great start!

This morning upon finding an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on our beach front, I headed up to the beach to the tip of Bonita Beach. As I was sifting through the abundance of larids there, I found 4 COMMON TERNS! Thousands of birds were present, and as I continued on, I found 3 FRANKLIN’S GULLS! They were all sitting together, but were immediately flushed by a shell picker. They settled back down and I was able to photograph all three. Two had black legs, but the third had reddish legs. The terns and gulls are both rare here, but this is my third year finding the terns and second finding the gulls. Also of note from yesterday were 51 Magnificent Frigatebirds lofting over the beach.

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.


Franklin's Gull with reddish legs.

Franklin’s Gull with reddish legs.


The two Franklin's Gulls with black legs.

The two Franklin’s Gulls with black legs.


Two of the four Common Terns.

Two of the four Common Terns.

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