Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

I haven’t seen a Ring-billed Gull here since March last year. These are smaller than the Western Gulls that we see all the time. These particular gulls, three of them, were striding on the mud, picking tiny things off the surface, as if they were sandpipers. They were picking at snacks so small as to be invisible to the human eye at this distance. That’s contrary to their reputation as scavengers on landfills and garbage dumps, bold thieves at picnics, and french-fry hawks outside fast food restaurants. We don’t see them here in summer; they breed in the northern states and lower Canada, and migrate here and elsewhere for the winter. Many of them stretch the definition of “seagull” since they never see the ocean, but remain inland near fresh water. They’re said to be possibly the most common gull in North America, with a head count estimated at three to four million.

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

More about them: Wikipedia Cornell Audubon In Chavez Park

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