Sunday, September 8, 2013

Laughing Gull, Chincoteague Island, VA

As I drove out onto the causeway that leads from Chincoteague Island to the mainland in Virginia in search of well, birds, I stopped and snapped a few photos of this Laughing Gull sitting on a stump among the saltwater reeds.

The Laughing Gull species name is Cachinnans which comes from Latin and means to laugh heartily. Linguists believe that the word came about because it sounds like laughing. These birds are typically found along the Eastern Seaboard. I only saw a few of these at Chincoteague and they were mostly along the causeway and not so much on the beach.

To me he looks like he is sporting a tuxedo. Or something. He's just cool looking I think with his dark head and dark upper body. I hope you had a great weekend. Mine has been spent nursing a sinus infection. This week it continues to be in the 90's, but next weekend, the weather cools off and is sunny. I'm looking forward to that. ENJOY!


  1. The grasses frame the bird so perfectly. Did you hear it laughing?