[va-bird] Franklin's Gull, again no.

Another futile attempt to find the Franklin's Gull was made this morning 
between 9:00 and 10:00 AM at the Prince William Co. Landfill.  The gull numbers 
were down from last week and there seemed to be a smaller percentage of 
Laughing Gulls and of course no Franklin's Gull.  There were the usual gulls 
enhanced by a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  Alex Merrit and his dad showed up 
to share the no show.  All was not lost, however.  While there, we has a small 
raptor flight consisting of at least one Cooper's Hawk, 2 or 3 Sharp-shinned 
Hawks, an Osprey, a Broad-winged Hawk and both Vultures.  An unidentified 
shorebird also flew over.  
One interesting aspect of this location, when one looks away from the landfill, 
is a sea of green trees with only a few water tanks and transmission towers 
visible on the horizon.  This, dispite being just south of Dale City.  There 
was not a house nor other manmade feature in sight.  The sky was full of whispy 
horsetails and the temperaure was about 60 degrees.   All in all, not the worst 
place or way for a birder to spend a Sunday morning.

Ron Staley

Herndon, Va.
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