Leucophaeus pipixcan—Franklin's Gull
Although many people think of gulls as being limited to marine habitats, a number of species will occur inland, including in our region. They generally are associated with the larger bodies of water and likely are more common since the construction of such reservoirs as Elephant Butte.
Fig. 1. Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis), one of the gulls that currently enters our region and, according to Ligon (1961), the most common of the various species that do so.
Literature. Ligon 1961.
Mid/Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Jimenez Cave (Messing 1986).
Mid Wisconsin-Holocene: Shelter Cave (Howard and Miller 1933).
Literature. Howard and Miller 1933; Messing 1986.
Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Stanton's Cave (Rea and Hargrave 1984).
Literature. Rea and Hargrave 1984.
Last Update: 24 Oct 2013