Bonaparte’s Gull

Larus argentatus

The Bonaparte’s Gull is the smallest gull seen regularly in North America. They nest in Boreal forests of Canada and Alaska, but spend winters along the North American coast, lower Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes. They are the only gull species known to regularly nest in trees.

My meetings with this species have been in Alaska, Oregon, California and Texas. My favorite recollection of these meetings came April 2016, when I was in Klamath Falls (Oregon). A flock of small, black-headed gulls flew in to the waterway I was filming and began foraging on midges hovering over the water’s surface, and I captured some of their feeding behaviours.

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