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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Ring-billed Gull
Summer adult Ring-billed Gull at back, summer adult Common Gull in front
Photography © Brian Rabbitts
Balranald Nature Reserve - North Uist - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
March 19th, 2007
Our Ring-billed Gull photographs
- Ring-billed Gull
- Larus delawarensis
- UK: Scarce visitor, 74 annual records BTO (Most common gull in North America)
- WI: Scarce (very small numbers recorded in most years) TBC
- Breeds: Colonies nest on ground by rivers, lakes & coast. Bird returns to same nest site each year. North America, Canada
- Winters: South to North America & the Great Lakes (wanderer to UK & West Europe)
- Habitat: Seacoasts, lakes, rivers, fields
- Diet: Omnivorous: Forages, scavenges, steals. Fish, insects, earthworms, small mammals, grain, eggs & rodents
- Slightly larger than common gull. White head, neck & below. Shortish, yellow bill has dark ring. Back & wings silver-grey. Yellow legs and eyes. Different immature plumage classes for first three years.
- Max recorded age 15yrs
- Similar birds: Common Gull (no ring on bill)
Research shows that at only two days old ring-billed gulls preferred the bearings of the direction for their fall migration!
Hunted almost to extinction in the early 1900's. It's feathers were used in hat-making. The population has recovered but not achieved previous levels.
Ring-billed Gull records in the Western Isles
Scarce (very small numbers recorded in most years) TBC
The chart below shows how abundant the Ring-billed Gull is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
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