"Ring-Billed Gull"
(Larus delawarensis)







Photograph taken in Rockland, Maine
November 1999 by

Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Ring-billed Gull and Great Egret
Photograph by

Snow W. Frost








Ring-Bill gulls, just like other Gulls, tend to flock together in groups of their own kind. Large numbers arrive in Florida in October and stary for the winter...some Ring-Bill Gulls remain all year. The Ring-Billed Gull gets a new and different plumage in each of the first three autumns and doesn't attain adult plumage until the third year. Attains ring on bill after the first winter.

Summer: Pale gray mantle; dark ring just before tip of thin yellow bill; yellow legs; yellow eye.
Winter: Like summer, but light brown spotting on crown and nape.





Size: 19"

Male: A white bird with gray wings, black wing tips spotted with white, and a white tail, as seen in flight. Yellow bill with a black ring near tip. Yellowish legs and feet.

Female: Same as male.

Nest: Ground; the female and male build; 1 brood per year. Usually colonian nester. Nest of grasses, pebbles, sticks, placed on ground.

Eggs: 2-4; off-white with brown markings.

Incubation: 20-21 days; female and male incubate.

Fledging: 20-40 days; female and male feed young.

Migration: Complete, to southern states and Mexico, winters in Florida.

Food: Insects, worms, eggs from nesting seabirds, dlying dispersing ants, fish, scavenges.

Voice: "hyah, hyah, and other calls.

Habitat: Coasts, lakes, dumps, fields, fast-food locations.

In Flight: Clearly defined tail band contrasts with white tail base.





My personal notes...

The Ring-Billed Bull that visits the nearby lake, is a "loner", and seems to enjoy hanging around Egrets. A quiet bird, just seems to enjoy sitting around after his fill of food.









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