Loafing at parks, swarming over lakes, and roosting atop floodlights, Ring-billed Gulls are a familiar sight to many Americans. Industrial farming practices, the proliferation of open garbage dumps, and the end of human persecution in the 1920s have allowed this “land gull” to thrive across most of North America over the last 40 years. Many bird watchers begin to learn the fine details of gull identification by observing the cosmopolitan and obliging Ring-billed Gull. I was heading up the ramp to the beach on the boardwalk in Atlantic City when I saw these guys just chilling on the railing waiting for scraps. They posed real nice.