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Solitude by Karen  Moore

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I believe this is a Glaucous Gull, but from what I have read it should not be here in Florida. This is a giant Gull, it towers over all the other gulls in this area. This is a very predatory gull, capturing and eating plovers, small duck, and song birds as well. Their range is from the artic and subarctic portions of Alaska and Canada, should winter in northern U.S. , Not SWFL. Through further research because of a very nice gentelman named JamieGreen, I believe that this is not the Glaucous Gull I thought it was. I now believe it is a Ring Billed Gull, found as far south as Cuba, has a loud raucous mewing cry, like the herring gull but higher pitched. This was taken on the flats in Estero Bay Florida

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  • JamieGreen
    JamieGreenover 5 years ago

    Hi Karen.I’ve been looking at my bird book, as we in England get occasional Glaucous Gulls (Rare but regular).I suspect this is a 2nd Winter Herring Gull. They also have a bill with a pink base and black tip at that age.The black wingtips are indicative of the herring Gull as the Glaucous Gull is a pale bird with no black in the wings.The larger Herring Gulls are close to the size of smaller Glaucous Gulls. Hope this helps.

  • JamieGreen
    JamieGreenover 5 years ago

    P.S outstanding capture of the bird.

  • Thanks so much for the research, I not only love to photograph wildlife I want to learn as much as I can about them. The photo in my bird book shows a different colored gull but after reading about the Herring Gull I believe you are correct. The discription in my book say this could be a young Herring Gull not mature yet, hense the brown color. But just like with the Glaucous Gull we should not have them in SWFL. My book the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, say the fathest South so far I guess is South Carolina, but spreading south all the time, so guess they are here now. Thanks for the info. I will post a new discription and give you the credit. Thanks again.

    – Karen Moore

  • After further research I now think this is a young Ring-bill Gull. The discription in my book leans towards the Ring -Bill, which is found in Florida. The only think that I am not sure of it states that they nest in very large colonies very seldon are found alone. This one I took on a flat filled with many different kinds of gulls around 200 at once, he stood out away from the other gull and by himself. The rest of the discription fits so I am going with the Ring-Bill Gull. Thanks again for all your help.

    – Karen Moore

  • JamieGreen
    JamieGreenover 5 years ago

    Could be, as the juvenile RB Gull is more reminiscent of the Juvenile Herring Gull, although it is a fair bit smaller.This could be a first winter RB Gull…

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    Very handsome looking fellow, youu captured him nicely, I couldnt tell ya what it is I am not up to par on my birds yet but I am thinking you guys will have me figuring it out real soon lol

  • Thanks Gina, this is an old pic, just was going through some, so added this to the group. I love this pic even though it is pretty simple.

    – Karen Moore

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