Every time I looked at my phone today there was another coastal report of Franklin's gulls.

I figured I'd be lucky to get one this far up the Hudson river, but two were seen off upper Manhattan this morning, and Andrew Farnsorth reported one from the East River.  I've always been puzzled by why the East River attracts so many more Laughing Gulls than the Hudson, at ostensibly equal tidal reaches. Would this apply to storm blown Franklins too?

Coming back from work early I stationed myself on my balcony in Hoboken, with a view spanning 8 miles of river - from the GW Bridge to the Freedom Tower. 

Surely, if there were any Franklin's about, they couldn't sneak past this checkpoint...`

Margaux hoping to be the youngest person to see a FRGU in the Hudson River

The real issue was volume of gulls (huge). I finally had two possibles following a debris barge, but they were over the midpoint of the river and too far to separate from Laughing. Do FRGU even do this? I'd imagine as inland gulls they wouldn't have adapted to the behaviour, although I've seen them happy on wintering grounds in bustling Chilean ports.

Maybe tomorrow will bring more luck.

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