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Black-headed gull ID NJ (1 Viewer)

NJBirder12

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Saw this guy in Manasquan today and there have been black-headed gulls confirmed there the last few days. This bird looks right to me but looking for confirmation that it's a black-headed gull.


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KC Foggin

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Are you guys sure it isn't an immature Laughing Gull? Black-headed Gulls aren't found here in the US.
 

NJBirder12

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Are you guys sure it isn't an immature Laughing Gull? Black-headed Gulls aren't found here in the US.
There are laughing gulls at this inlet - just a few this time of year. The bill shape/ color combo and other features don't seem consistent in the photos I've checked out. But this is my first time seeing this particular species :)
 

Microtus

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KC, I've seen Black-headed Gulls in four different states and the District of Columbia, and even found one myself. Laughing Gulls have a different wing pattern, lacking the white wedge on the upperwing.
 

njlarsen

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This would have to be either Black-headed or Bonapartes. As a non-expert, I had to check a little but I agree Black-headed (which I have only seen east of the Atlantic)

Niels
 

tom baxter

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Are you guys sure it isn't an immature Laughing Gull? Black-headed Gulls aren't found here in the US.
They are regular (although scarce) visitors to the northern latitudes of the Atlantic coast, as well as the Great Lakes. There are a few places in NJ where they are reliably seen every year.
 

Joern Lehmhus

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Yes, a blackheaded gull- not that the confirmation is necessary, but what i find interesting is that there even have been breeding records in North America, mainly eastern Canada:

 

NJBirder12

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Confirmed by multiple observers and on ebird. There are actually 2 in the area!! So cool. Thanks for all the info!!
 

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