Friday, March 13, 2009

Local Feathered Friends

Seagulls are found near almost any waterfront and range over thousands of miles. Our locals are herring gulls (orange feet) and California gulls (yellow feet). They can drink both salt and fresh water, thanks to a pair of glands just above their eyes that enable them to flush salt from their systems through an opening in their bills. They build their nests at ground level and lay 2-3 eggs at a time, but it is unusual to see baby gulls, as their protective parents keep them nest bound 6 months after hatching and they look more like young adults once they take to the sky. Although some consider gulls to be pests, these web-footed friends are content to scavenge shorelines and tidal waters and do more than their share of keeping our beaches clean.

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