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California Gulls (Larus californicus) are abundant along the Pacific coast during the winter and can be found further inland during breeding season. They nest in large colonies on the prairies, sometimes with other birds.

These birds forage in flight or pick up objects while swimming, walking or wading. They mainly eat insects, fish and eggs. They also scavenge at garbage dumps or docks and may follow plows in fields for insects stirred up by this activity. The California Gull catches fish, but also eats insect larvae, grasshoppers and small rodents, which makes it popular with farmers.

It takes almost four years for gulls to reach maturity; the one shown in this photo is less than a year old.------------------------------------------------------------- Sandy Thomas

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