We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
--takes me back to an actually quite loverly (if dumb)corner of the 70s:
Neil Diamond sings "Johnathan Livingston Seagull"
( title card sez: dedicated to the Johnathan Livingston Seagull inside us all )
"lost...on a painted sky
where the clouds are hung
for a poet's eye...
You may find him
if you may find him...
There...on a distant shore
by the wings of dreams
through an open door...
You may know him
if you may know him...
(that's all i could get, the song got ahead of me pencil --yep --i had a Grand Schmaltz siezure --but it IS a memorable song somehow --prob cuz it's really really good --neil Diamond got some chops fer sher and they do some neat changes and tempo shifts)
If they're associated with the shore areas, why are they so common in inland areas of the US? Other countries?
They are pretty, and supposedly the inspiration for the F4U Corsair's inverted gull-wing, another CT bird, with Chance-Vought/Sikorsky design and development, Hamilton-Standard prop, Pratt-& Whitney R-2800 engine.
Herring Gull, based on coloration and configuration, is most likely. Specifically, depending upon locale, the American Herring Gull, Larus smithsonianus (if in Alaska, Canada or the northeast United States), or the European version, , Larus argentatus. Not too likely the Ring-Billed, which has a shorter bill with a rather pronounced black or bluish-black ring around a point on the bill about 2/3 towards the outer end. Definitely not a Glaucous-Winged or Glaucous - those both have white wingtips, no black at all at the tips.
Here in NC, our resident beach birds (after the Brown Pelicans, of course) are mostly Laughing Gulls, though we commonly see Ring-Bills and Herring Gulls, especially in the warmer months, and occasional other varieties, as well.