A long-distance migrant, summering on the
northern Great Plains and central Canada, and wintering primarily in the
Southern Hemisphere along the western South America coast. They are often seen
following plows in farm fields as they kick up insects. Compare to the
very similar Bonaparte's Gull which migrates
through the state, and also the Laughing Gull (rarely seen in South
Habitat: Nests around marshes, sloughs,
and wetland vegetation around lake margins. Prefers large continuous areas
of such habitat. Also seen feeding around farm fields, pastures and
prairies, and flooded fields.
Diet: Mostly insects in summer, also
earthworms, crustaceans, mollusks, small fish, and some seeds.
Behavior: Feeds in a variety of ways, from
catching insects in flight, walking on the ground and picking up food items,
swimming, or wading in shallow water.
Nesting: May and June
Song: A harsh cuk-cuk-cuk, with occasional
interjected screaming keeah-ah keeah-ah.
Migration: Summers in northern
Great Plains and central Canada. Winters along the Pacific Ocean in
Central and South America.
Conservation Status: Uncertain status, expanding range in some
areas but sharply reduced numbers in others.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Franklin's Gull"
Photo Information: July 18th, 2004 -- Below Oahe Dam
-- Terry Sohl
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