Monday, August 20, 2012

Bonaparte's Gulls

At low tide, small flocks of these gulls congregate on Campbell River's beaches and just off the shoreline.

Non-breeding plumage; black spot behind eye.

Breeding adults have black heads.

This is a small gull; here with one of our average-sized gulls.

"Cool facts" from Cornell's All About Birds:

  • The Bonaparte's Gull is the only gull that regularly nests in trees.
  • During the breeding season, the Bonaparte's Gull feeds mainly on insects, often catching them on the wing.

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