Laughing Gull at New Brighton, Cheshire

Back in 20015 I was lucky enough to travel down to Cheshire with some friends to see this stunning 1st winter Laughing Gull. Despite the rain, we had a great experience with this bird as it gave close views at New Brighton.

The gull gave superb views both perched up and in flight. This was my first observation of this species since the big influx of 2005 (where I observed one each in Ayrshire and Yorkshire, plus a further nine in Cornwall!).

This species of gull is a rare vagrant to the UK. Wikipedia states that the laughing gull breeds on the Atlantic coast of North America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. Northernmost populations migrate farther south in winter, and this species occurs as a rare vagrant to western Europe. The laughing gull’s English name is derived from its raucous kee-agh call, which sounds like a high-pitched laugh “ha… ha… ha…”. Laughing gulls breed in coastal marshes and ponds in large colonies.

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