Latest Herring Gull Stories

2009-05-28 13:19:07

The "red list" of the UK's most threatened bird species has another entry: the cuckoo, BBC News reported. The cuckoo, known for its springtime song, has joined a long list of area birds such as the lapwing, yellow wagtail and herring gull, all of which have been deemed to be urgently in need of conservation action. Since 2002, the number of red-listed birds in the UK has risen by 5 percent to more than one in five. In the latest assessment of the UK's bird population, the RSPB said the...

2008-05-15 09:35:00

Seabirds must switch to less nutritious terrestrial prey or go hungryYou might think that stocking the Great Lakes with things like trout and salmon would be good for the herring gull. The birds often eat from the water, so it would be natural to assume that more fish would mean better dining. But a new report published in the April journal of Ecology by the Ecological Society of America says that the addition of species such as exotic salmon and trout to the area has not been good for the...

2007-08-26 15:10:00

By ROBERT F. BUKATY EASTERN EGG ROCK, Maine - It doesn't seem to matter to one puffin waddling over to join another of the birds that his chosen companion is a one-legged, wooden decoy. Puffins love company. The deception is one of the techniques that Stephen Kress has used to lure the colorful birds back to this rocky island. "I used an old hunter's trick, something that hadn't been done with seabirds before," Kress, director of the National Audubon's Seabird Restoration Program, whispers...

Latest Herring Gull Reference Libraries

2009-04-01 13:58:56

The Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) is a species of bird that is found on the European and North American coasts and islands of the North Atlantic. It is mainly a resident species, but some birds may move further inland to large lakes and reservoirs. This species was first described by Linnaeus in his 18th century work, "Systema Naturae". The adult is 24 to 28 inches long with a 55 to 67 inch wingspan. The average weight of an adult male is 4 pounds 6 ounces. It is a bulky bird...

2009-04-01 13:50:28

The Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) is a species of bird that is found on coasts and islands throughout much of the southern hemisphere. There are two subspecies: L. d. vetula occurs around southern Africa, and L. d. dominicanus is found around South America, parts of Australia (where it overlaps with Pacific Gull), and New Zealand (where it is known as the Southern Black-backed Gull). The adult is 22 inches long with a 50 inch wingspan. It has black upperparts and wings. The head,...

2005-06-14 09:50:22

The Bonaparte's Gull (Larus Philadelphia) is a small gull with a black hood and a short thin dark bill. Their body is mainly white with pale gray back and upper wings. The underwing is pale and the wing tips are dark. They have orange legs. In winter, the head is white. Their breeding habitat is near bogs or lakes in coniferous forest across western Canada and Alaska. They nest in conifers, sometimes on the ground. They are migratory and most move east or west to coastal waters, also...

2005-06-09 08:32:23

The Heermann's Gull )Larus heermanni) is a gull resident in the United States and Mexico. Of the current population of about 150,000 pairs, 90 percent nest on the island of Isla Rasa, Mexico; smaller colonies range as far north as California. Post breeding dispersal occurs commonly to central California, and less commonly north as far as British Columbia and south as far as Guatemala. Current threats to this gull include the effects of weather on prey species, but Isla Rasa was declared a...

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