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" The American Herring Gull or Smithsonian Gull (Larus smithsonianus) is a large gull which breeds in North America. It is often treated as a subspecies of the European Herring Gull (L. argentatus) but is now regarded as a separate species by some authorities. Adults are white with gray back and wings, black wingtips with white spots, and pink legs. Immature birds are gray-brown and are darker and more uniform than European Herring Gulls with a dark tail."
"It occurs in a variety of habitats including 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."
Spotted on Jan 31, 2012
Submitted on Feb 8, 2012
Thanks Karen, and LOL, I was and so was my 4 year old, but they missed. lol
Nice series! I hope you weren't in the 'firing line'!