Image from page 188 of "Animal Life and the World of Nature; A magazine of Natural History" (1902)
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re it nests, I have seen this bird quartering the high moorswith great regularity, apparently looking for wounded grouse or hares. The legs ofthis bird are pink in colour, in contradistinction to those of the Lesser Black-backed(L. fuscus), which are coloured yellow. It measures over three feet across the wings. The last of the gulls to which we shall refer is the Herring Gull (L. argentatus).It is found all about our seas, and nests on cliffs and stacks of rocks all round the coast.It goes inland, too, and hunts for earthworms, and picks up the corn when freshly sown.With us it has flesh-coloured legs, but in arctic Russia, and eastwards thence, its legs areyellow and its back a dark slate-black, and there the monks of the White Sea Islandsmake of it a sacred bird. The Archimandrite allowed me as a great favour to bringback one alive to England some years ago, and this bird lived in a Northumberlandgarden for sevoi-al years, and foi all I know to the contrary may be living there now.
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