Ring billed gulls at Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, NY.

On a sunny day, a ring-billed gull flies over the southern end of Onondaga Lake.
On a sunny day, a nonbreeding adult ring-billed gull flies over the southern end of Onondaga Lake.

 The most populous bird at Onondaga Lake has to be the ring-billed gull, commonly just referred to as a seagull.  The birds are commonly be found on coastal beaches, near inland lakes, dumps, and parking lots. While these birds can be found along the coasts they are primarily found living inland.

A group of ring-billed gulls swooping down and trying to pluck fish from Onondaga Lake.
Ring-billed gulls swooping down and trying to pluck fish from Onondaga Lake.

Top photograph taken on November 9, 2022, at Syracuse, New York.

Bottom photo taken on November 3, 2022, at Syracuse, New York.

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  1. Certainly a very common bird for sure. Nice catches Tom

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    1. Hmm, I wonder if ours that fly over on occasion are Ring-billed. The wing patterns are similar. Nice shots.

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  2. I just discovered that most of our ring-billed gulls head south for the winter. Guess I never paid much attention. I did pay attention the other day and noticed I had a herring gull in the picture, not a ring-billed. So I looked it up....

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    1. New York is a year-round habitat for them. Down by Onondaga Lake they are everywhere.

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