Herring Gull (adult and young)

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 1 Herring Gull Length 24 inches This is perhaps the best known of all the Gulls in North America. During the winter it occurs along the coast of the Middle and Southern States in greater numbers than any other Gull. It is common about our rivers and harbors, picking up scraps that are thrown from fish markets, docks and passing vessels. During the early eighties of the last century, Herring Gulls were being killed in large numbers. Through the influence of the Bird Protection Committee of the American Ornithologists’ Union laws were enacted prohibiting this, and later the birds were given special protection by the National Association of Audubon Societies, in their breeding colonies along the coast of New England. They have since increased so greatly that special protection is no longer needed. The nest is of seaweed, moss, and grasses placed usually on the ground, but where the birds have been persecuted they not infrequently build in trees. Two or three grayish, olive-brown eggs are laid, blotched with chocolate markings. Classification: Order Longipennes. Family Laridae Scientific name: Larus argentatus. Range: Throughout the entire Northern Hemisphere. No. 1 in a set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies, 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set, in a box, $1.00, post paid

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