Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ring-billed Gull

Erika and I also listed a Ring-billed Gull at Black Dog Lake just south of Minneapolis. A common species, this young bird was easily identified by its relatively small size and by the black band at the end of its tail. Previously I blogged about this species. A quick look at eBird shows that Ring-billed Gulls range across most of the United States during the winter, with Minnesota being near the northward limits. This gull, an opportunistic forager, probably depends on open water and ready winter food sources.

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