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American herring gull

Larus smithsonianus

Description:

Adults are white with gray back and wings, black wingtips with white spots, and pink legs. Immature birds are gray-brown.Young birds take four years to reach fully adult plumage. During this time they go through several plumage stages. First-winter birds are gray-brown with a dark tail, a brown rump with dark bars, dark eyes and a dark bill.. The head is often paler than the body. Second-winter birds typically have a pale eye, pale bill with black tip, pale head and begin to show gray feathers on the back. Third-winter birds are closer to adults but still have some black on the bill and brown on the body and wings and have a black band on the tail. Its broad diet includes invertebrates, fish and many other items. It usually nests near water, laying around three eggs in a scrape on the ground. (source Wikipedia)

Habitat:

North America, from Alaska to North Carolina year round. Lives along coasts, lakes, rivers and garbage dumps. Its broad diet includes invertebrates, fish and many other items. It usually nests near water, laying around three eggs in a scrape on the ground.

Notes:

These juveniles were quarreling over mussels.

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3 Comments

Arun
Arun 10 years ago

Nice capture ...

aubrieoates
aubrieoates 10 years ago

Cool

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Lovely series!

Maria dB
Spotted by
Maria dB

North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Sep 8, 2011
Submitted on Jan 22, 2012

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