Gulls in urban areas are notorious for stealing loose items and food. Gulls may also become aggressive when people or animals approach their nesting sites.
Congregations of Gulls can be a nuisance and cause damage with their droppings, nesting & feeding habits in places like landfills, airports, sports fields, parking lots, food processing facilities, shopping centers etc. as well as near water ways such as public beaches etc.
Gulls have the ability to drink both freshwater & saltwater!
There are at least 23 species of Gull found in North America. Their appearance varies from species to species but are generally medium to large sized birds with white or light colored bodies, grey or black wings and black wing tips. Their coloring may change seasonally and juveniles tend to be mottled brown in color. Gulls have webbed feet for swimming and long, stout bills.
Gulls are more commonly found along coast lines, near lakes, recently plowed fields, shallows, mud flats, airports, fish-processing facilities, landfills etc.
Gulls will roost & loaf in open areas with good visibility in order to spot predators.
Gulls have 1 brood per year with 1-3 eggs. There is about a 1 month incubation period and a 1.5 month nestling period. Young are born in the spring.
Nests are built or dug along shore lines or in other open, safe areas such as roof tops, using grasses, sand, sticks, seaweed, feathers, rope, and even plastics.
Young take 2 years to reach maturity.
A gull's lifespan is species specific. Herring gulls can live up to 30 or more years while ring-billed gulls typically can only live half as long.
Do Gulls Migrate?
Most Gull species are migratory but the extent of their migration varies by species and the area they are found in. Some species may be found year round in certain areas such as the Atlantic Coast but the same species further inland migrates in the winter.
What can I do to prevent attracting Gulls?
Keep exterior areas clean and avoid having open dumpsters & garbage cans. Prevent Gull nesting by excluding them from the area with netting, grid wire and other structural modifications.
Are Gulls Protected?
Yes, Gulls are federally protected under the Migratory Birds Act in Canada & the US. A special permit is required to cull birds and/or destroy their eggs.
What do Gulls eat?
A gull's primary diet consists of fish, mollusks, crustaceans, insects, rodents but also garbage & discarded food.
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