Glaucous Gull is a large, very pale gull of the high Arctic. It is the
only large gull commonly found in the far north. Small numbers, often
juveniles, move well south in the winter.
Habitat: Primarily a coastal bird.
Occasionally found inland around large fresh water bodies.
Diet: Omnivorous. Often each large
numbers of eggs and young birds during breeding season. Also eats large
amounts of fish, mollusks and crustaceans. Other items include small
mammals, insects, seaweed, berries, carrion, and refuse.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: Typically silent.
Migration: Summers in the high
Arctic. In winter, some birds move south along the Canadian and U.S.
Coasts, around the Great Lakes, and occasionally elsewhere. Some birds do
stay in the extreme north in winter, as long as open water is available.
Conservation Status: The Glaucous Gull's normal
range makes it not vulnerable to human activities, and populations are
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Glaucous Gull"
Photo Information: April 6th, 2002 - Stilling Basin
below Oahe Dam - Terry L. Sohl