It’s tempting to ignore Ring-Billed Gulls, especially when they return to the lakefront in great numbers every spring, but sometimes they get my attention anyway.
And I have to remind myself to not assume everything is a Ring-Billed Gull…because there could be a rarer species sifted in there somewhere. Like I almost thought about this guy standing on the railing by the river a couple weeks ago…with his dark eye and grayish legs…but after checking with Gulls of the Americas, it turns out he’s a Second Cycle Ring-Billed Gull. I’ve known the adults and the first-year gulls for a long time, but this morph is new to me.
Then there are the pairs. Normally two gulls would not occupy such a precarious perch but this was definitely a piling built for two.
Springtime down by the lake, another pair taking a break together.
A few more Ring-Billed Gulls doing their thing. Ever vigilant.
I’ll be back soon with more spring migrants.