A Ringer

I have a hard time telling one gull from another. Especially when they’re juvenile. That’s part of the reason I don’t post a lot of gull pictures — I’d have to identify them. Thank heaven for this species: the Ring-billed Gull. Looks pretty much the same as any other gull, until you look at the beak. Case closed.

The Ring-billed Gull is said to be probably the most common gull in North America. The spread of urban habitat hasn’t troubled it. On the contrary. It thrives on garbage dumps, fast food restaurants, parking lots, busy beaches, picnic grounds, wherever people congregate and eat. They don’t wait for you to drop bits of food on the ground. They’ll snatch it right off the table, or out of your hand if you’re not quick.

More: Wikipedia Audubon Cornell

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

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