Niagara River Gulls

Scroll down to see 12 photos of gulls and a peregrine.

California Gull

Photo 1 and 2. Definitive basic California Gull at Chippawa on 18 December 2003.

This is a different California Gull from the one at Adam Beck. Note more red on the bill.  


Photo 2. California Gull


Mew Gull

Photo 3. Definitive basic Mew Gull on the rocks on the American side, seen from Adam Beck on 18 December 2003.


Nelson's Gull and Thayer's/Kumlien's Gull

Photo 4. Probable Nelson's Gull (Glaucous x Herring  hybrid) in definitive basic plumage at Chippawa, Niagara, Ontario, on 13 December 2003. Note larger size and paler mantle than Herring Gull with less black and more white in primaries.

Photo 5. Closeup of Nelson's Gull.

Photo 6. Thayer's/Kumlien's and Nelson's Gull


 Probable Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull Hybrid

Photo 7. Dark mantled gull with pinkish-yellow legs (middle). Mantle shade between graelsii Lesser

Black-backed and Herring Gull. Size also intermediate between Lesser Black-backed and Herring.

Photo 9. Presumed Lesser Black-backed x Herring Hybrid. Note pink feet and pinkish-yellow legs.


Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Photo 10. Definitive basic Lesser Black-backed Gull above Niagara Falls.

Photo 11. Third basic Lesser Black-backed Gull with pinkish legs.


Peregrine Falcon catches Bonaparte's Gull

We watched this juvenile Peregrine Falcon catch an adult Bonaparte's Gull in front of the Robert

Moses Dam  in the United States and carry it to the Sir Adam Beck Power Dam in Canada to eat.

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon eating Bonaparte's Gull.


Links to Gulls in Toronto in 2004  l  Iceland Gull Wingtip Variation

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