Tuesday, February 19, 2013

California Gulls Return

There are large numbers of California Gulls passing NW over Moorecroft right now. Probably due to the unsettled weather, they are passing quite low over the park and they are vocalizing continually, which is typical when these birds migrate at lower elevations in the dark. It will be interesting to see if this movement continues after sunrise.

Some years, we see massive numbers of California Gulls moving into the Salish Sea at this time of year, searching for the herring spawns which help fatten the birds for their long migration to the prairies.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I had no idea that the gulls we see hanging around the garbage dump and Zellers parking lot around here had just spent some time in paradise. No wonder they complain so loudly when they are here!

Abu Anka said...

Some of those gulls spent the winter on the Gulf Coast, so they may not bew complaining, just trying to be heard above the yammering of Texans.