First-winter non-breeding plumage

Franklin's Gull

Larus pipixcan

Charadriiformes; Laridae

The prairie counterpart of the Laughing Gull; breeds in the plains states of the U.S. interior where it feeds on insects disturbed from plowed land; normally migrates well south of the U.S. to winter; rare vagrant elsewhere.

Woodbridge Lake, Irvine, Orange County, CA. 12-29-2014. All photos © John  C. Avise.

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Black head is fading

On the rocks



Black legs and feet

Head portrait; note the broken eye-ring

Brown on wings of first-year bird

Posing for a portrait