Seabirds and Shorebirds
Gulls (Seagulls)

Where do Seagulls live?


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2012-05-01 16:28:05
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They normally live in the sand dunes.


However, the ones that live near The Great Salt Lake in Utah once saved the Mormon farmers from marauding locusts, and earned themselves not only the moniker of "The Mormon Air Force", but the honor of being named the State bird of Utah!

I have only personally seen two books about gulls, and they are both out of print. The more scholarly book is Niko Tinbergen's The Herring Gull's World, published by Doubleday in 1967. The other is David Costello's The World of the Gull, published by J. B. Lippincott in 1971.

Although it is an uncommon practice to keep a gull as a pet, it has been known to happen. Some people become quite attached to a particular gull who will come back every year for many years in a row. However, I recommend against keeping gulls as pets, simply because they are really meant to be free and do have a family (flock) to which they belong. It is OK to become attached and welcome a particular gull into your environment, but please do not cage or otherwise inprison it. It would be unfair to the gull and also may be illegal in certain parts of the world.

I you wish to drive them away, you can try things like plastic owls or snakes, but the smart gull will think you've just put out a really fun playtoy. There are some specific products such as JUMPO that warrant a good look. You should also check out an article in Soundings Online. They talk about various ways to get roosting birds away from your boat, and some of the ideas may work in the home environment as well.

Between males and females, the only real external visible difference is that the females are usually slightly smaller than their male counterparts.

Seagulls can drink both fresh- and saltwater. Most animals are unable to do this, but seagulls have a special pair of glands right above their eyes, specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bill. That is why you'll see seagulls near large bodies of water such as the Great Salt Lake where fresh water may be hard to find.

Seagulls can live anywhere between 5 to 15 years depending on their environment and predators. The average is probably closer to 7 to 10 years. Some individual gulls have been known to live over 25 years.

Herring gull eggs are laid and nested two to three at a time, and it takes about 26 days from laying to hatching.

There have been reports of seagulls attacking people. Usually, this is a lone gull and not a group of gulls. A single bird has been known to attack a particular individual over the course of an extended period of time, so perhaps they also hold grudges! Generally, I do not believe that gulls are prone to attacking people, as the reports I have heard have been few and far between. However, any injured bird will attack anyone, so be careful when handling them!

Seagulls will eat just about anything, from fish to small rodents. You can feed them french fries and pieces of bread, and they know how to break open clams and other shellfish to get to the good parts.

Seagulls are protective of their young, and before six months of age or so, they continue to nest as their parents bring back food, regurgitated for their pleasure. After reaching juvenile age, you'll see these young gulls flying with their adult counterparts. They look similar but are slightly smaller, with a more mottled coloring.

Seagulls usually live far from predators such as humans. You can find them on offshore and otherwise uninhabited islands. You can also find them in abandoned barns and other large buildings, dumping grounds, sea cliffs, and other remote areas. Gulls are known to sometimes live many miles away from where you see them during the day.

Some gulls do migrate, especially ones in the northern parts of the world, such as Alaska. Like other migratory birds, they go south during the winter to where the pickins' are better. The migratory patterns vary widely depending on where they reside in the summer, but they can travel thousands of miles to find better food sources.

They can live around the coast of the ocean and up to a mile inland.

Almost everywhere! I have seen some nesting in parks, on top of my house, parks and more places!


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