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"Laughing Gull"
Laughing Gull:    The Laughing Gull is named for its call, which sounds human laughter.

Ehrlich, Dobkin, and Wheye, in their 1988 publication "The Birder's Handbook", write "The origins of the word gull are thought by some to be the same as those of 'gullet', 'gulp', and 'gullible' (all based on the Latin gula, throat). It might, therefore, refer to the birds' scavenging habits. On the other hand, the name might be onomatopoetic."


 
Chesapeake Bay, Maryland ...

Image, 2010, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, click to enlarge
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Laughing Gull, Herrington Bay Resort, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. Image taken October 1, 2010. Canon Powershot SX120.



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