Gus and I took a drive on Saturday up the coast of Maine to Bath and Wiscasset. Since we are living near the ocean as well as numerous rivers and lakes, of course we are going to see gulls. I want to see two gulls in particular though: the Glaucous Gull and the Iceland Gull, but though I searched through flocks of gulls all weekend, all I found were Ring-bills, Herring, and Great Black-backed Gulls! Here are a few photos along with identification tips for those of you new to birding.
Note the size difference, the leg color, and the beak shape and color:
- Ring-billed gull--yellowish green legs and black ring around tip of bill.
- Herring Gull--pink legs and black and red spots near tip of bill.
P.S. There will probably be many more gulls!