If you're a birder, you'll know what a life list is. It's basically a list of all the bird species one has observed and positively ID'd in one's lifetime. This blog is a record of my "critter" life list (mostly of birds), including photos I've taken over the years, some of the actual lifer if I was lucky enough to get the shot. Don't expect National Geographic quality stuff here, just the work of an amateur photog who loves to trudge out into nature.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Chroicocephalus ridibundus (Black-Headed Gull)

6/12/17 Leeds Castle, Kent, England:


COMMON NAME: Black-Headed Gull

SPECIES: Chroicocephalus ridibundus

FAMILY: Laridae (Gulls, Terns & Skuas)


LOCATION: Leeds Castle, Kent, England, UK

From Wikipedia:
The black-headed gull is a small gull that breed in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Most of the population is migratory and winters further south, but some birds reside in the milder westernmost areas of Europe. Some black-headed bulls also spend the winter in northeastern North America. As is the case with many gulls, it was previously placed in the genus LarusIt breeds in colonies in large reed beds or marshes, or on islands in lakes, nesting on the ground. Like most gulls, it is highly gregarious in winter, both when feeding or in evening roosts. It is not a pelagic species and is rarely seen at sea far from coasts.
The black-headed gull is a bold and opportunistic feeder. It eats insects, fish, seeds, worms, scraps, and carrion in towns, or invertebrates in ploughed fields with equal relish. It is a noisy species, especially in colonies, with a familiar "kree-ar" call. Its scientific name means laughing gull.

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