There are usually many more Ring-billed Gulls than Herring Gulls so it is always a pleasure to see a Herring Gull up close as we did on this foggy, 2 degree morning. Herring Gulls have flesh-coloured legs and feet as opposed to Ring-billed Gulls which are smaller and show yellow feet and legs.
Species list: trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, herring gull, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, house sparrow, northern cardinal, dark-eyed junco. (13 species)
This morning’s group:
Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82)