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Ring-Billed Gull

Larus delawarensis


This is the common and familiar “sea­gull” across much of North America—from coastal beaches to malls in the middle of the continent—yet it is rarely seen offshore.


Midlatitude North America, winters to Middle America. Breeding: common and usually colonial, on low, sparsely vegetated islands in lakes. Arrives late March–May, departs July–August Dispersal: postbreeding dispersal begins by late June, with juveniles recorded by mid-July as far south as Salton Sea, California. Casual north to central Alaska, accidental Arctic coast of Alaska. Migration: nearly throughout North America where common to abundant in many regions. Mainly August–October. and March–mid-May. Oversummering nonbreeders regular along Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts, local elsewhere. Winter: Main arrival in most of United States September–October, with most departing February–April. Rarely north to Newfoundland, casually to south-coastal Alaska. Vagrant: casual Europe, West Africa, Hawaii; accidental to Amazonian Brazil.

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LivanEscudero 6 years ago

I think this is a 1st winter Ring-Billed Gull ( Larus delawarensis)

Tryon, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.21, Long: -82.24

Spotted on Mar 15, 2011
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012

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