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.

Larus delawarensis

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.

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