California Gull

Larus californicus

2nd Winter California Gull
2nd Winter California Gull
2nd Winter California Gull
2nd Winter California Gull
2nd Winter California Gull
2nd Winter California Gull

This is a juvenile California Seagull. Seagulls as young are most brown and as they mature, successive sets of feathers are lighter until they mature and get their final coloring. The consensus of bird experts is that this is a second winter California Gull. This species is found from time to time over much of the Western US and is credited with being the species that famously ate the crickets in Utah giving rise to a major statute in honor of the gull in Salt Lake City.

This particular gull photo (or more accurately, series of gull photos was taken in late October, 2011 at the mouth of the Siuslaw River in Florence, Oregon. The Western Gull is also common on the Oregon Coast. They are similar in appearance.

For those not familiar with gulls, don't worry about the 'missing leg'. It is very common for gulls to stand on one leg and fold the other one completely out site.

Additional information: see Wikpedia - California_gull

- - Updated 11/15/2015
- - Updated 12/16/2012
- - Updated 10/30/2011