Saturday, 29 September 2012

In Search of Gulls

I've been regularly checking out a somewhat new gull roosting site that is an 8 minute bike ride from where I live. Finally, yesterday there were a few thousand gulls.

You can see most of the flock here:

This Lesser Black-backed Gull was easy to pick out from the crowd:

Gulls were continuously flying in from nearby Laurel Creek and other locations.

Once in a while I turned around to notice a nice sunset:

Eventually all the birds flew up and dispersed.
Around 7pm every day there are thousands of gulls that fly in a somewhat Easterly direction over the city - I haven't figured out where they are going... Presumably they're going to an overnight roosting site.

A few days ago I re-found the Horned Grebe at Laurel Creek. It was slyly hiding within a small flock of Ruddy Ducks:


  1. I have a feeling your gulls were going to Bellwood lake to roost. When I flew over it last week there were a few thousand gulls (primarily ringbills) loafing on the lake. With the lake being almost at winter levels already there is a large gravel bar island just east of the dam, that had a few hundred gulls loafing on it.

  2. That's possible, although it seems like a very long commute for the birds to make everyday.

    There are a few hundred that roost on Laurel Creek, so I suspect that they roost on almost every lake in the area!

  3. The 34 km commute for a gull is nothing. Caspian Tern From Presquile regularly commute 40+ km to forage on Rice Lake. Larid colonies in se eastern Georgian Bay travel 30-50 km daily to feed. If the roost/nesting/loafing area is worth it safety wise, then these birds will happily make the commute to forage.