Herring Gulls at Marie Curtis Park: Feb 10, 2022

Herring Gulls look a lot like the more common Ring-billed Gull. Immatures have a ring on the bill so this is not a fool proof identification aid. The best identification key is size. Ring-bills average about 17.5 inches in length. For Herring Gulls it is about 25 inches. We had both this morning at Marie Curtis park.

Herring Gull
two Herring Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull
Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gulls
Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gulls

Other birds:

Common Goldeneye (female)
Mute Swan
American Tree Sparrow
Common Goldeneye (male)
American Black Duck (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Mallard (female)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye
Mute Swans
Common Goldeneye (male)

Park scenes:

Black Cherry and Shagbark Hickory trees

Today’s group:

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The Magic of Birdwatching in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park – The New York Times


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NATURE POETRY

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.                – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)

Miles Hearn

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