Monday, February 10, 2014

Great Black-backed Gull

In North America, Great Black-backed Gulls were nearly extinct in the 19th century—victims of feather and egg collectors. With legal protection and their love for garbage dumps, their population may now exceed historical numbers. This gull is now a common breeder in the northeastern United States from North Carolina to Labrador and across the Great Lakes. The species winters throughout most of this range, south to the Gulf of Mexico. This recovery is good news for Great Black-backed Gulls, but not so for Herring and Laughing gulls that are being replaced as the former species spreads (Good 1998).

I took this photo several years ago in Martha’s Vineyard. I have listed the species along the Duluth Harbor in February 2012.

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