Oak Ridge, TN
These gulls were seen at the Oak Ridge Marina. Ring-billed gulls are commonly seen along the rivers in east Tennessee in the winter. It is not unusual to see them in large parking lots in search of leftover scraps of food. Sometimes gulls are called "rats with wings" because of their scavenging habits. Many types of gulls have a red spot on the lower beak where the chicks peck to get a regurgitated meal. This gull does have more than one leg! Gulls often pull one foot up and stand on the other one. This was not a cold day, so it wasn't to keep its foot warm.