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Why are there seagulls in the Rockies?


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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted May 25 2007 - 02:59 PM

When I moved from coastal California to Boise, one thing I thougt I would be leaving behind were seagulls. I'm not an expert so I may also include terns, bitterns, and other sea birds in the loose expression "seagull".

But to my amazement there are tons of these guys flying around here. Boise is at the edge of the Rockies, and is about 500 miles from the Pacific.

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#2 of 15 OFFLINE   Chris Lockwood

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Posted May 25 2007 - 04:06 PM

The word "seagull" has no scientific meaning- the correct name of the bird is just gull, and they are found around the entire US and many other places, not just by the oceans.

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#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Carl Miller

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Posted May 25 2007 - 04:12 PM

Very unofficial answer here.....gulls are both coastal and inland birds and there are dozens of types of gulls. Seagulls is sort of like a generalization in that there really isn't any such thing as a seagull per say as they're all some type of Gull, ex; a Western Gull a Pacific Gull and so on.

They're carnivores and scavengers that can pretty much live anywhere the climate suits them provided they can find food..and while I'm pretty sure most gulls nest in coastal areas, they don't need to live in those areas.

We used to have tons of Seagulls here, and while we still have a lot of them, we have many more Canada Geese. For some reason, they've found a year round home here and actually nest along our highways occassionally crossing highways and bringing traffic to a complete halt.
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#4 of 15 OFFLINE   bobbyg2

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Posted May 25 2007 - 04:18 PM

They followed you there to annoy you.
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#5 of 15 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted May 25 2007 - 04:24 PM

Might want to cut that signature image down Bobby, it's far too large. The HTF rules give maximum dimensions.

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#6 of 15 OFFLINE   bobbyg2

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Posted May 25 2007 - 04:27 PM

I'll be right on it.

EDIT:
Good?
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#7 of 15 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted May 26 2007 - 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by bobbyg2
EDIT:
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Don't know, consult the HTF rules about maximum image dimensions. My post was just a heads up anyway.

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#8 of 15 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted May 27 2007 - 11:34 AM

Still too big.

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#9 of 15 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted May 27 2007 - 12:37 PM

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#10 of 15 OFFLINE   MikeH1

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Posted May 28 2007 - 06:55 PM

We got shithawks...err... seagulls here in landlocked Alberta too.

#11 of 15 OFFLINE   Buzz Foster

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Posted May 29 2007 - 02:32 AM

"Why are there seagulls in the Rockies?"

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#12 of 15 OFFLINE   Joe S.

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Posted May 29 2007 - 05:34 AM

Kind of like asking why there are rats everywhere you go. If they can survive there, they will (and flourish.)

Seagulls can fly hundreds of miles without landing, CA to CO is a cake walk for them.

#13 of 15 OFFLINE   bobbyg2

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Posted May 29 2007 - 09:29 AM

I live a few miles away from the Gulf of Mexico, and I rarely see seagulls...
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#14 of 15 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted May 29 2007 - 09:41 AM

That's because they are Seagulfs. Posted Image

#15 of 15 OFFLINE   Marianne

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Posted May 30 2007 - 02:21 AM

I guess there is a problem with the mouse. Posted Image