Gull and Lighthouse
You’re looking at 1 of more than 1,000 gulls from this very cold morning on Lake Erie. It’s been a while since I’ve looked critically at gulls and needed some help distinguishing the common ones apart. Fortunately, I was joined by a much more experienced birder this morning. Although, the first thing I did when I got home was get into my bird ID book for a brief refresher. In northern Ohio, we’re visited by about 15 gull species a year, though only 7 of those are easily seen. The remainder are pretty rare, and often draw crowds of bird enthusiasts when they’re reported. The bird you’re looking at here however, is definitely not one of those. This non-breeding adult ring-billed gull is likely the most common and versatile of all the gulls we have in the U.S. You can find them on the ocean, freshwater lakes, marshes, parking lots, malls and everywhere in between. One of my goals this winter is getting more comfortable with gull identification. With any luck, I’m hoping to share examples of each with everyone over the next few months.
Conservation Status: Least Concern IUCN
1/2000 | f/7.1 | 850mm | ISO-800
Nikon D850 | Nikkor 600mm f/4E | Nikon TC14E III | Induro GIT404L Tripod
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