Nesting Records for Laughing Gulls and Caspian, Forester’s and Gull-Billed Terns in Alabama

Published in 1987

On 10 September 1984 my wife, Beverly, and I attended a presentation by Mr. Dwight Cooley of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on birds nesting on Gaillard Island in Mobile Bay, Mobile Coun ty, Alabama. Mr. Cooley stated that Gaillard Island was the first recorded nesting site in Alabama for the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla), and Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia). He further indicated that the island was the site of the first substantial breeding colony of Gull-billed Terns (Sterna nilotica) in Alabama and that he expected Forster’s Terns (Sterna forsteri) to begin nesting there in the future.

Author: John and Beverly Winn
Volume Number: 34 Year Published: 1987
Issue Number: 1
Page Number: 3

Link to article: 34 No. 1_1987_p3.pdf
Link to the full issue of BirdLife: 34 No. 1_1987.pdf