The Mississippi Coast is blessed to have various shorebirds. The laughing gull (Latin name, Larus atricilla) is a species often neglected because of its abundance. Ho hum, another laughing gull. If you see a handsome gull on your beach walk, it is likely a laughing gull, simply due to their vast numbers. A friend commented, "God must love laughing gulls; he makes so many!" We see them today, occupying every sandbar in sight, their webbed feet getting wet as the tide rises.
-- Diary, fall 2015
From the diary of beach walker George Thatcher / Email: email@example.com
Collections of Mr. Thatcher's observations are available from Quail Ridge Press (www.quailridge.com or 1-800-343-1583).