Thousands of Gulls in the Lima, Peru Harbour

It is estimated that about 30,000 Ring-billed Gulls nest at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto. I saw that number and likely many more gulls in about 30 minutes in the harbour at Lima, Peru.

These are Franklin’s Gulls.

Franklin’s Gulls nest in freshwater prairie and open-country marshes with patches of emergent and floating vegetation in the western United States and Canada. They migrate mostly through the continent’s center, utilizing agricultural fields, marshes, reservoirs, and many other habitats. Franklin’s Gulls winter mostly along Pacific coastline of Peru and Chile.

After the breeding season, they gather by the tens of thousands on South American coasts as these photographs indicate.

with pelicans

Franklin’s Gulls were not the only birds nearby.

Pelicans, Cormorants and Gulls
Kelp Gull
Kelp Gull
Kelp Gull
Kelp Gull
Neotropic Cormorants
Neotropic Cormorants
Kelp Gull
Kelp Gull
Neotropic Cormorants
Black Vulture
Black Vultures
Black Vulture

Miles Hearn

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