Hi everyone! Well, today’s bird is none other than the “herring gull”. This species of gull is what was first called the seagull, however, that is just a common name people use, they are just gulls. This species is one of the most common in N. America and breeds mostly from Alaska through every Canadian province and along the eastern U.S., plus states along the Great Lakes, and some other places as well. They can have a wingspan up to more than 5 feet (155cm) and are about 2 (61cm) feet long, sexes are identical but the female is noticeably smaller. They live on average 30 years but can live to be nearly 50 years. They adapt well to most any habitat from wilderness lakes to cities (where they can become a pest), wherever food is abundant. They eat most anything and therefore are very important for keeping our shorelines and waterways clean of dead animals. They will use the same nest for 20 years or more and carefully look after their eggs and young, but still have a high mortality rate among young. Young do not breed until about their 4th or 5th year.
Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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