Monday, November 27, 2006

Blog Guelph: Gull Seeking Sea

Seagull close-up, originally uploaded by Memotions. Click on the photograph to see more photos by this photographer.

I've never quite understood the Sea Gull and how they came to live in the City of Guelph. Perhaps there's some false advertising going on in the bird world.

Sue Richards

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Van said...

Technically there is no such thing as a seagull. It is a popular but imprecise term. Ornithologists and birders just call them gulls. There are many species, some living exclusively in marine environments, and some also utilizing freshwater. Ontario has six nesting species, and a few more that show up along the Great Lakes in winter. Two are commonly seen around Guelph. This is the aptly named ring-billed gull, which is most abundant around here. The other is the herring gull, which is distinctly larger and has a yellow bill with a red spot on the underside.

Sue Richards said...


Wow. You are now the official go to guy for all bird related questions.

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.