Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursday Birdblogging

Laughing gulls. They really decorate a beach. An I wasn't feeding the gulls, I wouldn't do that, but did get out of the car to take a picture and found out I had come too close to their nesting grounds, made a perturbation.

Cool Facts

* Nest colonies in northeastern United States were nearly eliminated by egg and plume hunters in the late 19th century. Populations have increased over the last century, following protection.

* The male and female Laughing Gull usually build their nest together. If a male cannot find a mate, he may start building a nest platform and then use it to attract a female.

* The adult Laughing Gull removes the eggshells from the nest after the eggs hatch. If the shells are not removed, a piece can become lodged on top of the slightly smaller unhatched third egg and prevent it from hatching.

* The Laughing Gull is normally diurnal, being active during the day. During the breeding season it forages at night as well. It usually looks for food along the beach at night, but will also hover to catch insects around lights.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ruth, That sunset beach shot is one I wish I could claim. Just lovely.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

That's funny. You're thinking west coast. It was sunrise, Padre Island. An amazing sunrise, great birds. Highly recommended.

2:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heya Ruth, been trying to get a good hummingbird photo for your bird blogging, but the birdies haven't been cooperative.

Saw Wes Clark and Howard Dean speak at Netroots last fixing to head down there again. Gots to hear Atrios on the F-word Panel!

6:09 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Tell them all high! for me

6:09 AM  

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