The Tidal Basin photo of the birds in flight yesterday, featured on my blog, enjoyed some extra publicity this morning when it was featured on the NBC Washington Channel 4 news/weather. Meteorologist Tom Kierein picked it up from Twitter, and it was fun to see the image on TV as I got my son off to school.
Out of curiosity, I decided to figure out which gull species were in that huge flock. I’d also taken some photos of individual gulls, so after studying my dog-eared copy of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds, I concluded that they were primarily Ring-Billed Gulls.
Thankfully, with their characteristic black ring circling the bill, I was able to pick out this species from the many gulls that call Eastern North America home. This is a common gull, and I had to smile when I read the description of their habitat: Lakes, bays, coasts, piers, dumps, plowed fields, sewage outlets, shopping malls, fast-food restaurants.
I guess this particular flock, which calls our Nation’s Capital in Washington, D.C. home, has better taste than most…although I’ll let you decide if that is indeed the case!