Ring-billed Gull Ready for Spring

Ring-billed Gull Ready for Spring



This ring-billed gull, Larus delawarensis, is in breeding plumage; the bird’s head and breast are snowy white. I took the picture on the East River in Brooklyn last week. Can spring be far behind?

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

This is an adult ring-bill in non-breeding plumage, taken a few months ago in the same place. Its head and neck are faintly streaked with grayish brown. Check out the red eye ring and red at the corner of the mouth on the breeding adult.

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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