February 2009 - Heermann's Gull
 
Heermann's Gull, Larus heermanni
Heermann's Gull, Larus heermanni
Correctly identifying seagulls can often be challenging, but the Heermann’s Gull is an easy one to spot thanks to its gray body, blackish wings, black legs and red, black-tipped bill.
 
Heermann's Gull, Larus heermanni
Heermann's Gulls are found along the Pacific coast of North America, from Mexico to British Columbia.  Interestingly, over 90% of the current population nest and breed on Isla Rasa, a protected reserve in the Gulf of California, Mexico.  They then migrate north in July and begin the return journey in December and arriving back in March.  
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