This week’s photo, taken July 29, 2015 from the Edmonds Pier in Edmonds, WA, features an immature FRANKLIN’S GULL, a rare find in Washington.
It’s very cool when you spot an unusual bird, but it’s even more thrilling when that bird decides to fly directly towards you. When I first spotted the FRANKLIN’S GULL yesterday from the Edmonds Pier, it was flying above the waters of the Puget Sound, yet a significant distance away. Initially, I didn’t know what it was, but it caught my attention because it appeared to be much smaller than the ‘regular’ gulls in the area. When it cruised by the pier, its large white eye arcs, a characteristic that separates this species from other gulls, were quite visible.