I’ll never forget the outstanding voyage Debbie and I took from Alaska to Russia by way of the Arctic Circle.
We were always surrounded by sea birds of one kind or another. Ray was our bird guide on the cruise which included 90 passengers. Most everyone has a pet peeve and Ray’s was people calling “Gulls”, “sea Gulls”. Over and over he corrected anyone that said “sea Gulls”. They are Gulls! Dog gonnit anyway.
Here are some gulls we see in Baja Sur. To my knowledge, this is the only gull that spends the first part of it’s life all dark like this. This color is unique to the young Heerman’s Gull. As this bird ages, the plumage will be light gray and it’s head will turn white.
The next photo is that of a Laughing Gull. Easy to spot in a crowd of gulls with it’s black head. If you listen carefully, it’s call sounds something like a laugh.
Among the other gulls we see in Baja Sur is the Yellow-footed Gull. In fact, the only other place you’re likely to see this bird is the Salton Sea.
There are other gulls we will see in our neck of the woods. The California Gull is one of them. The photo below is that of an immature bird. As this gull grows older it’s body will turn white and it will have a red spot on the beak.
Gulls, and it’s okay to call them seagulls if you want, are wide spread. Some actually nest inland. Most of them take two to four years to reach maturity and develop their breeding plumage.