If you ever spend time near the sea you realize that there is no shortage of Gulls. And this Mew Gull with its six figure population, estimated to well exceed 100K birds, is no exception. In fact, in Anchorage, Alaska there was even an effort to curb the reproduction of this abundant species. That doesn't stop me from taking photos when they pose so perfectly against a lovely background.
Mew Gulls winter along the Pacific coastline of California and breed in Alaska and northwestern Canada, inhabiting rocky, sandy coasts and inland lakes and rivers. They are the smallest of the white headed gulls and are most distinguishable by their short, yellow, unmarked beak and dark, red-rimmed eye.
A very adaptable species, Mew Gulls will nest in colonies or in isolated pairs, building nests on the ground or in trees. Their omnivorous diet includes small fish, crustaceans, worms, small rodents, berries, grains, pretty much whatever is available. No, they are not rare or endangered. But I think they are beautiful fun to watch. July 11, 2016