Q:

Why do seagulls come inland?

A:

Quick Answer

All 40 species of gulls come inland to nest. Some seagulls travel inland just to nest and return to the coast during the winter, but some gulls never visit the sea at all. Birds from the family of gulls are commonly called seagulls but don't necessarily live near the sea.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

The most commonly seen inland gull is the ring billed gull, which nests near freshwater lakes in the interior of the North American continent and can often be seen by the hundreds scavenging in parking lots, plowed fields and garbage dumps. Gulls are opportunistic omnivores that consume worms, insects, grains and even small rodents. Many types of gulls travel inland to exploit these food sources, which can be found in areas of human development. The high tops of buildings and parking lot lighting can also provide a safe place for birds to rest away from most predators when they are not actively seeking food.

Herring gulls are the most familiar gulls along the Atlantic and are also found along the Great Lakes, where they feed on mud flats, open water, plowed fields and garbage dumps. The California gull breeds inland and winters on the Pacific Coast. Franklin's gull breeds along inland marshes. The great black-backed gull lives on the coasts of the North Atlantic.

Learn more about Birds

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Where do seagulls build their nests?

    A:

    Most species of seagull build their nests on the ground, while other species build their nests on elevated areas, such as cliffs or trees. Roofs may also be used for nesting. Seagulls build nests in colonies. Nests are constructed using twigs and other materials in the shape of a cup.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When do baby birds leave the nest?

    A:

    While the exact period varies from species to species, most songbirds are ready to leave the nest about two weeks after hatching. This nestling period typically follows an incubation of roughly two weeks.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do wren's nesting habits differ from other birds?

    A:

    Wrens’ nesting habits differ from some other species in that they are not particular as to where they nest. They are opportunistic and tend to use a bird house much more readily than other birds.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long is it before baby birds leave the nest?

    A:

    How long a baby bird takes to leave the nest depends on its species. Some, such as ducklings, leave the nest within 2 days. Eagles, on the other hand, take 2 to 3 months to mature enough to fly and remain near their home nests for several weeks afterward.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore