Herring gull

Learn interesting facts about herring gulls, their habitat, behavior, and unique characteristics. Discover how these intelligent birds adapt to different environments and their vital role in the ecosystem.
Shorebirds, Herring Gull, Winter Bird, Bird Tree, Backyard Birds, Dark Eyes, Fishing Boat, Yellow Eyes, Sea Birds

Spiraling above a fishing boat or squabbling at a dock or parking lot, Herring Gulls are the quintessential gray-and-white, pink-legged "seagulls." They're the most familiar gulls of the North Atlantic and can be found across much of coastal North America in winter. A variety of plumages worn in their first four years can make identification tricky—so begin by learning to recognize their beefy size and shape.

Betsy Harting