HERRING GULL

HERRING GULL (Larus smithsonianus)

Herring gulls are a large species at about 2 feet long (60 cm). The sexes are similar, mainly grey and white, but the juveniles are a light mottled brown and will only reach adult plumage after four years. Herring gulls are scavengers and their habitat is widespread – at garbage dumps and other garbage areas in cities or picnic areas, or at sea following ships along the coasts for food scraps. They gather in groups and their distinctive call is similar to a complaint and is associated with the sea. Herring gulls are widespread in PEI and are year-round residents.

Herring gull perched on pole - PEI, July 2013
Herring gull perched on pole – PEI, July 2013
American crows with gulls in the Charlottetown Harbor in January. These ducks overwinter if the water is not completely frozen.
Herring gulls, American crows and American black duck in the Charlottetown Harbor in January.
Herring gulls, adult and juveniles - Brander's Pond, PEI - Sept. 2016 - © Marie Smith
Herring gulls, adult and juveniles – Brander’s Pond, PEI – Sept. 2016 – © Marie Smith

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