Subject: [Tweeters] "Red"-footed Ring-bill Date: Mar 19 09:34:58 2005 From: Bruce Whittington - fieldnat at pacificcoast.net
Some years ago, there were significant numbers of gulls, mostly California if I remember correctly, on southern and western Vancouver Island that had highly coloured bills and feet. Not red, but a startlingly rich orange-yellow. There were far too many to be explained as a genetic aberration, and we assumed it must have been caused by a variation in diet at some point. Also, occasionally gulls are marked with spray paint by fishers as a sort of joke.
Bruce Whittington Ladysmith, BC mailto: fieldnat at pacificcoast.net