herring gull

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herring gull

a common gull, Larus argentatus, that has a white plumage with black-tipped wings and pink legs

Herring Gull


(Larus argentatus), a bird of the order Char-adriiformes. The body is about 60 cm long and weighs 0.8–1.5 kg. The herring gull is predominantly white, with a blue-gray back and black wing tips marked with white. The bill is yellow, and there is a red spot on the gonys. The herring gull inhabits northern and temperate latitudes of Europe, Asia, and North America. In the USSR the bird inhabits seas (except the seas of the Far East), large rivers, and lakes. The herring gull is a migratory bird in the north. It nests in colonies on the ground or on rocks. A clutch contains two or three eggs, which are incubated for 25 to 27 days. The herring gull feeds on aquatic invertebrates, fishes, rodents, carrion, and berries; in some places it does great harm by destroying the nests of other birds, for example, eiders.

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Caption: Robert Letcher is no stranger to challenging field studies, be it an excursion to Canada's Arctic or gathering eggs from herring gull colonies.
Effects of changes in the availability of human refuse on breeding parameters in a herring gull Larus argentatus population on Brittany, France.
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Competition judge Greg Armfield, from WWF, described the winning picture of the herring gull as "a unique and striking image, one that captures perfectly the power, chaos and intensity of the ocean as it surrounds the gull".
And townies can now see soaring peregrine falcons, magnificent if vicious sparrow hawks and, in the winter, squawking herring gulls.
Herring gulls live for about 20 years and can produce up to 60 offspring in that time.
Key words: arctic tern, Sterna paradisaea, Belcher Islands, glaucous gull, Larus hyperboreus, herring gull, Larus argentatus, polynyas, population trends
Retired lorry driver and music shop worker Clive Cresswell appeared before Wirral magistrates' court charged with intentionally injuring the herring gull, a protected species, on June 5.
And yet despite this, despite these killings; despite the mess, despite the noise, despite the relentless defecation, I cannot help but admire the urban herring gull and feel it is hard done by.
QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Bedside lamp 8 Tea 9 Arc 11 Bassoon 12 Yokel 13 Ore 14 Eye 15 Unheard 17 Emu 19 Your 21 Rude 23 Sped 25 Lens 27 Dip 29 Embrace 31 Beg 34 Two 36 Rally 37 Tuition 38 Ace 39 Log 40 Herring gull.
The two girls discovered the herring gull buried in wet sand on the beach at Goswick Sands, near Berwick, in Nor thumberland.