This photo of two Laughing Gulls was taken in my back yard. That’s my seawall that they are standing on. They are bickering. This is a territorial dispute. The dispute involved dancing and head bobbing. By rules that I don’t understand, one lost and the other won. The looser simply lowered its head and walked away. No pecking or other contact – the loser simply walked away. What a wonderful way to fight.
Laughing Gulls – Disagreement
I came upon these birds with hood;
Their song by all is understood.
Ha ha – Ha ha they boldly screech,
But dance to them is also speech.
They’re dancing here to disagree;
One bowed its head and then did flee.
A spat but no damage done
A nice way to fight
Laughing Gull – Leucophaeus atricilla