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. You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.