Juvenile Herring Gulls

juvenile Herring Gull

juvenile Herring Gull

The young Herring Gulls have fledged and now there are lots of them flying around.

Herring Gull, juvenile and adult
Herring Gull, juvenile and adult

They’re following the adults around and begging for a free meal. The adults are trying to ignore them as best they can. This little Herring Gull was walking around making a soft peeping sound. The juveniles will be mostly dark their first year, then their plumage changes as they get older and they don’t get their complete adult plumage until they’re 4 years old. Just try looking in the Sibley Guide to Birds  http://www.sibleyguides.com/about/
to see that he uses 2 pages to cover all the plumage differences. And you thought fall Warblers were confusing!

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