The Herring Gull aka Seagull is a frequent visitor to our vast oceans of… asphalt! They love picking up after us messy humans. They always seem to like the McDonalds. I wonder how they don’t get fat?!?
Identifying these guys can be tricky as they have different patterns every year for the first four years of their lives. I though they were just different colored ones. In short, they are very brown the first year, then in a freckled manor, transition into the grey.white bird we commonly associate as a sea gull. These are all adults or older than four years old.
I do live near a very small lake. It was almost fully defrosted last week. These guys were waiting for the fisher-folk to come and toss them some fishy-guts. Eaw.
Gulls prefer fresh water, however can drink saltwater and because of a special gland, excrete the saline via their nasal passages. That’s really amazing.
© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl