A common Gull from the Pacific Ocean coast to the Great Lakes. Noted for the double dot on the tip of its beak; one small red in front of a larger black one. This marking occurs in the adult stage four years after fledge.
Franklin’s Gulls swimming in Alkali Lake, Cody, WY.
One of about 400 Bonaparte’s in outer Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island. Most were roosting on the water while a few were feeding. This bird has completed the transition from winter to breeding plumage, but many were still in transition. Taken on 1 May 2011.
Familiar acrobats of the air, Ring-billed Gulls nimbly pluck tossed tidbits from on high. Comfortable around humans, they frequent parking lots, garbage dumps, beaches, and fields, sometimes by the hundreds.