Laughing Gulls

An errand took us towards southern Delaware; afterwards we swung over to Rehoboth Beach to enjoy the boardwalk and Atlantic Ocean views.

An occasional Laughing Gull would fly overhead…..looking for a snack, of course.

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Laughing Gull


And, of course, it only takes one to find a snack to draw a crowd.


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Why are they called Laughing Gulls?  Take a LISTEN   (Courtesy of


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I’ve not photographed Laughing Gulls a lot so this was a treat for me to get some nice close-ups.


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Laughing Gulls


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Laughing Gull


Once the french fry was gone, so were the Laughing Gulls, off to find another!



55 thoughts on “Laughing Gulls

  1. I’ve made an observation that people are like Sea Gulls. One gull will land on the beach, then three, four … until there’s a whole flock.

    One sunbather will stretch out on the beach, then three, four … until there’s a whole crowd of people clustered in the same spot.

    There are miles of empty sand, yet people will sunbathe in clusters. I’ll always search for a secluded spot to sunbathe but, then again, I don’t fly with the flock.

  2. Great capture of the pair going after the third with the french fry Donna! I don’t think I’ve ever photographed them… but they’re something I will certainly keep an eye out for the next time we’re out that way.

    • Thank you, Steve! I visited Rehoboth Beach many times during my childhood summers and remember always loving to hear the Laughing Gulls and watch them swoop down to try to grab a fry or hotdog from an unsuspected person in large crowds. I thought it was hilarious to watch. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the audio — that says it all! Love your pictures, and the contrast against the blue sky. We saw several on our recent Delmarva Birding Weekend outing at Ocean City and on the shores of Assateague Island. They are quite colorful. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Susan! They do love the coast. I’ve seen a few around here on our creek and out when we boat, I remember seeing quite a few around Knapps Narrows. Makes me wonder if they’re on Poplar Island?

  4. It is interesting Donna that Gulls are the same the world over in the way they help us eat our fish n chips. Our Silver Gulls we call Sea Gulls are just as scavenging from us humans. I love to hear how they sound, they laugh a little like our Grey Butcherbird. I would get a constant kick out of hearing your gulls laugh as I do with our Butcherbirds, they always bring a smile to my face and a joy to my soul when I hear them call. Lovely photos Donna, you captured some interesting expressions, and caught their handsome looks well with perfect eye glint to boot!

    • Thank you, Ashley! I can really get into giggling, listening to our Laughing Gulls, and that of course is good for our souls! If it is the middle of our summer season, it is very wise for humans to guard their food while walking along that boardwalk. The gulls are smart and quick! 😉

  5. Great captures, Donna! These guys are always hungry, have you noticed that? …but they are fun, if you tell them a bad joke, they laugh they a***s off! Can lose with them! 🙂

  6. I don’t recall seeing them before. They are really pretty and ti love their laughter! I imagine there are many comedians who would love to have a few of them in his audience.

    • Thank you, Terry! They are hilarious at times, sitting on a perch and ‘laughing’ over and over, you can’t help but giggle at their silliness look/sound. Oh, comedians would I’m sure! 😉

  7. What a striking looking bird! I love their sound, thanks for including the audio link. I can only imagine how loud and crazy it must be when they fight over a chip! 🙂

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