Herring Gull in Flight

Herring Gull

Herring Gulls, like Smeagull the Seagull, have wings that are gray on top. They have a yellow beak and are white underneath.

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From early spring through summer their heads are pure white.  Fall and winter, their heads are speckled with brown.

Herring Gull Perched

Herring Gull Preening

Herring Gull Diving for Crabs

Herring Gull in Snow, in Winter Plumage

Herring Gull with Spider Crab

Great Black-backed Gull in Flight

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gulls have wings that are black on  top.  Like Herring Gulls, the have a yellow beak and are white underneath.

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Great Black-backed Gulls are bigger and heavier than Herring Gulls

Great Black-backed Gull Showing Red Spot

Great Black-backed Gull Plunge-diving for Spider Crabs

Great Black-backed Gull with Skate

Great Black-backed Gull Flock in Flight

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Great Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls have a red spot at the tip of there beaks. When they have babies in the nest, the adults swallow food and bring it back to them. Their babies touch or grasp the red spot, and the adult regurgitates the food they are carrying for the babies to eat.

Osprey with Flounder


Osprey wings look mostly black underneath with some white and on top the wings  look pretty much all black. Actually, up close, all that black is a very dark brown. Osprey are large birds (their wingspan, wingtip to wingtip, can be nearly 6 feet) and… they can hover.

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When Osprey hover high above the water they are looking for fish and when they spot a fish that is the right size and close enough to the surface, they fold up their wings and dive in, feet first.

Osprey Hovering High Above the Water

Osprey Returns to the Nest with Menhaden

Common Tern Flock

Common Tern

Common Terns have wings that are gray on top and white underneath.  They have red beaks and red feet and black  caps on their heads. And like Osprey, they hover when trying to spot a fish except terns hover much closer to the water.

Common Tern with Sand Lance, Falkner Island

Common Tern Close-up

Common Tern Flock

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Osprey catch fish with the sharp talons on their feet. Terns catch fish with their beaks. Because Osprey catch larger fish they always carry them to a perch to eat. Terns catch fish small enough to swallow whole, right then and there. However, if you see a Tern in flight with a fish dangling from its beak, chances are there are hungry babies in the nest waiting to be fed.

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