Mar 28 2014
It’s spring and even the gulls look snazzy!
Look closely and you’ll notice that adult ring-billed gulls have put on their breeding plumage. Not only are their heads snowy white but the skin around their eyes and beaks is bright red.
Here’s another view.
Watch for them to open their mouths. Wow! Talk about red!
Until recently they were boring in basic plumage with speckly head feathers and black skin like this.
I wasn’t paying attention when they made this transformation and was stunned last weekend when one opened his very red mouth.
Look for their red-rimmed eyes while they’re still in town. They’ll be in southwestern Pennsylvania for a couple more weeks, waiting for their breeding grounds to thaw up north.
(photos by Shawn Collins)