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Brogie, "Laughing Gull in Cedar County, Nebraska," from Nebraska Bird Review (December 1990) 58(4).


Copyright 1990, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


Laughing Gull in Cedar County, Nebraska

Johnsgard's (1986) A Revised List of the Birds of Nebraska and Adjacent States considers the Laughing Gull (Larus atricilia) an extremely rare vagrant in Nebraska. Bray, Padelford, and Silcock (1986), in The Birds of Nebraska: a Critically Evaluated List, consider this species as accidental, with only one of 13 records accepted - the description of a specimen of one taken 2 April 1915 at Inland, Clay Co. This specimen was once in the Hastings Municipal Museum, but was sold and its current location is unknown.

A Laughing Gull documentation by Steve Van Sickle and Bruce F. Harris of one at Gavin's Point tailwaters, Cedar Co., on 10 January 1990 has recently been accepted by the NOU Records Committee. The following provides an additional description and the first published photograph for this species in Nebraska.