A medium-sized, white-headed gull, the Ring-billed Gull appears similar to the Herring and California Gulls, but is smaller, with a shorter bill that has a broad, black ring around it. The Ring-billed Gull is slightly larger and bulkier than the Mew Gull. The white body and tail, slate-gray back and wings, and black wingtips with large, white spots (windows), typical of most gulls, are all present on the Ring-billed Gull. The juvenile is mottled brown mixed with adult plumage characteristics. It has pink legs and a pink bill with a dark tip. As the bird matures, the legs turn yellow, and the bill becomes yellow with a black ring. The adult’s eye is also yellow. The adult in non-breeding plumage has brown streaking on its head. The Ring-billed Gull takes three years to reach maturity.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015 11 State Rd Bath ME United States
Saturday, January 2, 2016 I-95 N Kennebunk ME United States
Sunday, January 1, 2017 166€“168 Bath Rd Brunswick ME United States
Monday, January 1, 2018 117 Cushman Point Rd Wiscasset ME United States
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