Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ring-billed gull

It is hard to imagine that in the early 1900s, Ring-billed Gulls were almost persecuted to extinction. Populations have since rebounded into the millions and continue to increase (Pollet et al, 2012). These authors report that “Ring-billed Gulls are opportunistic feeders that mostly eat insects, earthworms, fish, rodents, and grain.”

I found a flock of several dozen Ring-billed Gulls feeding and loafing at a small pond near Faribault, Rice Co., Minnesota, on 7 March 2017. If you look closely, you can see the black rings on their yellow bills.

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