Quick Guide to Gulls: Herring Gull

It takes four years for a Herring Gull to obtain full adult plumage (a transition that takes three years for the Ring-billed Gull). The following photos show a sampling of their winter plumage.

Photo of Herring Gull (1st winter)

Photo of Herring Gull (3rd winter)

Photo of Herring Gull (adult winter)

I can't anyways pin down the exact age of an immature gull, but for now I'm more than satisfied just being able to sort out the various species that I encounter. Regardless of age, note the pink legs of Herring Gulls.

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