The answer to the Gull and Tern Quiz is…

There were 30 people that voted on this quiz, these were the votes:

Juvenile Western Gull, 1st winter Franklin’s Gull, Elegant Tern: 1 vote (3%)

Juvenile Herring Gull, 1st winter Laughing Gull and Royal Tern: 25 votes (83%)

Juvenile Western Gull, 1st winter Franklin’s Gull, Royal Tern: 3 votes (10%)

Other answer: Clueless LOL = 1 Vote (3%)

The majority of you voted for the correct answer: Juvenile Herring Gull, 1st winter Laughing Gull and Royal Tern

Juvenile Herring GullJuvenile Herring Gull

 The range of Herring Gulls includes Florida as a wintering location. The range of Western Gulls does not extend into to Florida, it is primarily found on the Pacific Coast and it would be a very rare visitor to Florida.

1st winter Laughing Gull1st winter Laughing Gull

Laughing Gulls are found along the Atlantic and Gulf coast year round, Franklin’s Gulls are vagrants to the same area. A 1st Winter Franklin’s Gull would show less brown on the back and upper wings than the bird in the quiz image did and the bill would be smaller.

Royal Tern in breeding plumageRoyal Tern in breeding plumage

Both Royal Terns and Elegant Terns are large crested Terns. The range of the Royal Tern includes Florida as year round residents while Elegant Terns shows them only as vagrants to the East Coast but does not show them in Florida.

You all did great!

Thanks for playing, it was a fun quiz!



  1. M. Firpi January 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I love all these shots. There was so much confusion with the juvenile gulls for me that I was able to really benefit from the quiz.

    • Mia McPherson January 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Maria, it seems there is always confusion with young gulls, I have trouble here in the winter because we get so many species of varying ages but even the experts have trouble IDing them too.

  2. Sherry in MT January 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I love the royal tern…not a big gull fan, just never have been. Not sure why.

  3. Syl Lobato January 28, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Your photos are so awesome. I love the Royal Tern with his black crest. Hope you didn’t get toooo much snow. It is snowing here in Pagosa Country as I am posting this to you. Have a Marvelous Monday..I am off to the studio to paint a Vermillion Flycatcher from a photo I took in Wickenburg Arizona at the rest area south of town many years ago. Fun time and experimenting with water colors and pen and ink.

    • Mia McPherson January 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Syl, it continues to snow here, last I looked there was about 16 inches on the ground and there is more on the way. Hope to see you post a pic of the Vermillion on Facebook! Thanks for your comment.

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