Mew Gull

Scientific name: Larus canus

The Mew Gull is a small gull of western North America that occasionally turns up as a vagrant much farther east. Mews Gulls typically nest in colonies about 3 meters apart, and at least some pairs remain together for subsequent breeding seasons.

The age of first breeding for males is typically two or three years, and for females it is three or four years. In other parts of the world Mew Gulls show a strong tendency to return to breeding areas in subsequent years, although this has not been studied in North America. Mew Gulls are known to have lived 25 years in the wild.

Photograph © Glenn Bartley