Parking-lot Seagulls

Seagulls or more accurately Herring Gulls like parking lots and they like beaches so naturally their favorite place is the parking lot at the beach!  This is exactly where I found a flock of about 30 yesterday during my Misty Morning Beach Finds photo-shoot.

I approached slowly and they allowed me to get surprisingly close.  Of course I had to try and get just a little bit closer and that’s when the first few began to turn and walk or take a mini-flight to a more comfortable distance from the “human with the camera”.  They seemed to be content simply resting together, some sitting and most standing among broken shells, evidence of a morning mollusk meal.

After a while the majority of the flock had moved and was perched all in a row on a low fence.  As I walked further I noticed a solitary smaller adult (female?) pacing and pecking at broken shells.  As I watched I noticed she had a limp.  She continued on her own, close to but she did not join the larger group.  I wonder if she was ostracized from the flock because of her disability.

Interesting facts about Herring Gulls

  • When fresh water is not around herring gulls can drink salt water and have special glands over their eyes that secrete the salt in a solution.
  • The gulls which are gray and brown all over with black-tip beaks (instead of red-tips) are not fully mature
  • It takes four years and several stages to reach full adult plumage.
  • During winter the characteristically white head and neck of the adult becomes speckled gray
  • Gulls have some learned behaviors like that of cracking clams open by dropping them on rocks

Interesting facts from All About Birds and ARKive.

Ann

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4 comments

  1. I LOVE YOUR BLOG. YOUR WRITING IS ENTERTAINING, CONCISE AND TO THE POINT. IN OTHER WORDS YOU ARE A GOOD WRITER. YOUR MATERIAL IS ALWAYS WELL RESEARCHED AND INTERESTING.
    YOUR GRAPHICS ARE CHARMING AND ORIGINAL AND YOUR PHOTOS SUPER. THE ONE OF THE GULL TAKING FLIGHT IS FANTASTIC. THANKS.

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