Herring Gull

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Bird Spotting: The herring gull is your basic seagull. Adults are white with light gray backs. The wings are also light gray but the tips are spotted white. The bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower portion.

Habitat: While these gulls spend a lot of time foraging for food at sea, they are adaptable. Dumps and other areas where human food may be present have become another source for their daily food requirements.

Nesting: Breeding usually takes place on islands. A mass of seaweed or dead grass placed on the ground or on a cliff protects its two to four heavily spotted olive-brown eggs. The herring gull likes company while raising its young and nests in colonies.

Bird Bite: The innovative herring gull often drops clams and other shellfish on rocks or parking lots in order to break the shells and get at the meal inside.