Adult Ring-billed Gulls, Lake Michigan region – 201402

A selection of adult Ring-billed Gulls Larus delawarensis, seen in the southern Lake Michigan region, USA, in February 2014.

13 February 2014, BP Whiting refinery, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull (left, center) and 3rd-calendar year Ring-billed Gull (right).

13 February 2014, BP Whiting refinery, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gulls (left, center) and 3rd-calendar year Ring-billed Gull (right).

13 February 2014, BP Whiting refinery, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gulls.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gulls in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

13 February 2014, BP Whiting refinery, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

13 February 2014, BP Whiting refinery, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

13 February 2014, BP Whiting refinery, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

13 February 2014, BP Whiting refinery, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

13 February 2014, BP Whiting refinery, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

13 February 2014, BP Whiting refinery, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic plumage.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic plumage.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic plumage.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic plumage.

13 February 2014, BP oil refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage.

17 February 2014, Lake County Fairground, Libertyville, Illinois, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull with striking orange/yellow legs and bill.

17 February 2014, Lake County Fairground, Libertyville, Illinois, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage with striking orange/yellow legs and bill.

17 February 2014, Lake County Fairground, Libertyville, Illinois, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull with striking orange/yellow legs and bill.

17 February 2014, Lake County Fairground, Libertyville, Illinois, USA. Adult Ring-billed Gull in basic (non-breeding) plumage with striking orange/yellow legs and bill.

Locations

BP refinery, Whiting, Indiana, USA

Lake County Fairground, Libertyville, Illinois, USA

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6 thoughts on “Adult Ring-billed Gulls, Lake Michigan region – 201402

  1. Are these really small birds, when you see them in real life? As I understand it, this is the basic ‘default seagull’ that most American people will be familiar with. I’ve certainly seen comments online that express surprise at the large size of something like a European Herring Gull compared to the RBG, the first time that someone from the USA sees one…

    • No, I did not find them small at all. Ring-billed are said to be slightly larger and bulkier than our Common Gull but unless you can directly compare them they will look very much the same size (at least they did to me).
      They were very approachable and actively reacted to being fed with bread, very similar to our Black-headed Gulls over here. And because they can often be found at parking lots, I can imagine that Americans are very familiar with them.

      • As far as I know, they can commonly be found far inland too. As you said – they love congregating on parking lots. It would seem to be a characteristic of this one particular species that it can be found in large numbers on parking lots…

        Have you been on the internet long enough to remember the LANDgulls guy?

    • Basically, there was a guy who was filming Ring-billed Gulls in their natural habitat – the parking lots of the USA, and posting some very nice vids. His website is long gone, but some of his videos can still be found on YouTube. He asserted that Ring-billed Gulls were more accurately described as ‘landgulls’, than ‘seagulls’.

      e.g.

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