Herring-Gull-Glider - $9.95

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The Herring Gull Glider

Seagull

Herring Gull-standing

 

 

The Herring Gull is best known as a scavenger. It is most often seen in large, noisy flocks congregating where food is available, around fishing boats, picnic grounds and garbage dumps. Many people consider it a nuisance, but the Herring Gull performs a valuable service.

It scavenges up great numbers of dead or injured animals and organic litter which could pose a health threat to humans. In the fields it devours large amounts of little tasty critters. However, its natural diet includes aquatic life - fish, crustaceans and, sometimes, the eggs and young of other species. The call of the gull is distinctive; a shrill, screechy "Eurl" repeated incessantly.

 




Herring gull aka: Larus argentatus aka: Seagull

Herring gull in flightAlthough generally thought of as marine creatures, gulls are really creatures of shorelines. Omnivorous, opportunistic scavengers, the proliferation of open garbage dumps has provided more than ample feeding grounds for such familiar species as the herring gull. This has led to a great increase in their numbers.

To many people all the birds seen near the sea are "seagulls." Actually there are many different kind of birds who make their living from the sea. There are shags, eagles, sea doves, and a host of others.
This, however, is a true seagull, a Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), one of the most familiar seaside birds on both Greek coasts and inland areas. For the so-called seagull is just as apt to follow a tractor and pick up grasshoppers on a farm as it is to pick up clams and crabs from a beach.

Gulls are not good fishermen, but they are excellent scavengers and will eat nearly anything. They are important in cleaning up harbors and beaches. They are know to pick up shellfish and drop them from the air into a rock, road, house or car to crack them open. Although they can swim passably well, they cannot diHerring Gull standingve or swim under water.

Herring gulls are the most familiar and widespread of the gull species. A big, bold bird frequently seen following boats, herring gulls are sociable birds who hunt, migrate and feed together. They are long lived as birds go -one record of a banded chick was recovered 28 years later. They build nests on the ground and raise two or three young at a time.

The Herring Gull is everybody's idea of a seagull, being present throughout the year at coastal cliffs, beaches, harbors and towns. It is also familiar at inland sites in winter, especially reservoirs and refuse tips. Its pale gray back separates it from the Black-backed Gulls and its larger size, more menacing profile and red-spotted beak distinguish it from the Common Gull.

First winter birds are harder to separate from the similar-sized Lesser Black-backs though they are slightly bulkier and the feathers of the wing and mantle show more extensive pale markings, making their upper parts look blotchy rather than mostly dark. In flight the inner primaries are noticeably paler than the rest, making a diagnostic pale panel.

Breeds on coastal cliffs, sand dunes and buildings. Winters on estuaries, lakes, reservoirs, coasts and rubbish tips.

 


Herring Gull nesting
Herring Gull in flight
An extremely common resident gull, the most familiar after Black-headed. Particularly numerous around the coast but, also found inland in large numbers.


Specifications

SeaGull Glider

Length: 24 in
Wingspan: 56 in
Weight: 2 to 3 lbs
Engine: Bio
Fuel: most anything
Service Ceiling: 1000 ft
Range: 65 mi


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