Monday, February 22, 2021

Ring-Billed Gull

I saw a really beautiful gull near the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR on Saturday. Its yellow bill with a black ring matched its yellow eyes (with a black iris) and legs. Red ringed its eyes and was found at the base of the bill, and when it opened its mouth it was almost a neon red it was so shocking. 
I've seen ringed-bill gulls previously, but not in breeding plumage like this. When breeding it has an all white head, red around the eyes and some red on the bill. 

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