October 05, 2014
We have lift off.
We got a little too close to this ring-billed gull when we were out on the pontoon on Friday.
After a running start it lifted off, gave us the evil eye and flew away.
Most Ring-billed Gulls nest in the interior of the continent, near freshwater.
Migrating Ring-billed Gulls apparently use a built-in compass to navigate. When tested at only two days of age, chicks showed a preference for magnetic bearings that would take them in the appropriate direction for their fall migration.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.