Herring Gull in Winter

Herring gull
Herring gull. Photo by Ray Harrington on Unsplash

Appearance: The herring gull is a large bird about 25″ long. They’re pal gray above with a white head and underparts. The head has brown specks except for the summertime when it’s pure white. They have yellow eyes and bills, and pink legs.

Diet: Fish, marine life (shellfish, sea urchins, crabs…), insects, other bird eggs, and bird nestlings.

Feeder food: They don’t visit feeders.

Habitat: Open water areas both coastal and inland.

Migration: Herring gulls are migrators. In winter, they either remain in their year-round range (southern Alaska and east cost south to South Carolina) or migrate south to Washington, the west coasts of Oregon & California, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, southwest Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and Mexico’s coasts.

Range Map

Herring gull range map.
Herring gull range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.

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