[Mystery bird] Laughing Gull, Larus atricilla, photographed at East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana.
Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.
Here’s what this bird would look like without its lovely coating of oil:
Laughing Gull, Larus atricilla, photographed at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Texas.
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 7 April 2009 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1250s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.
This CBS video is raw footage that shows today’s mystery bird (above), along with others. I admit that I almost vomited when the waves flipped this poor bird (pictured at top) onto its back, leaving it to flail its feet at the sky while it tried to right itself in vain.(This bird reportedly survived long enough to be cleaned. I’ve repeatedly tweeted IBRRC to find out how this particular bird is doing now, but they’ve not answered. This lack of a response makes me worry about the bird’s health).
More raw footage:
Today’s mystery birds are dedicated to the executives of British Petroleum, a group of ultra-rich, self-congratulatory and arrogant monsters who are paid far in excess of their ethical capabilities, intellectual abilities or merit; men who wreak destruction everywhere they go in pursuit of ever-greater profits, the god-almighty dollar, blinded by their greed to the plight of thousands of people who lose their livelihoods and millions of animals who die slow and horrible deaths. It is environmental disasters such as these that make me wish there was a hell for these corporate men and their minions to reside in for all eternity because there is no science, no technology, no remedy, no punishment, no punitive damages, that can restore life to even a single one of these beings.
On the other hand, perhaps you would like to help these animals?