Monday, February 22, 2010

You're the Gull for Me!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Some interesting courtship behavior by ring-billed gulls which I videotaped (actually digi-video) at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in late January 2010. I've seen ring-billeds do a lot of things, but I'd never seen this courtship display, which I believe is known as "the long call."

Clearly he is saying "You're the gull for me."


On February 22, 2010 at 1:50 PM OpposableChums said...

I believe it was Peterson who identified that as the "you-had-the-remote-last" call, common among mated pairs.

On February 22, 2010 at 8:37 PM gatofish said...

My husband and I squawk at each other just like that walking down the grocery aisle!

Just kidding. :) Great video!

On February 23, 2010 at 5:22 AM Matt Merritt said...

Very interesting behaviour. And at Merritt Island too!

On February 23, 2010 at 6:55 AM forestal said...

very interesting video. Being able to see that is pretty neat. thanks for sharing.


On February 23, 2010 at 7:39 PM KaHolly said...

Mighty interesting! I especially like your title. ~karen