Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Ring-billed Gull Migration on Kentucky Lake

Recently, I got lucky and snapped a few pics of the Ring-billed Gull while we were boating on Kentucky Lake.

I was thrilled to take these pics and then to top it off, the gull has a fish in his mouth. 

Identification of gulls isn't easy for me but the Ring-billed Gull has a black ring encircling his yellow bill. This ring really made it easy to identify him and I was grateful to see the ring. 

You can see he is pale gray on the top of back of his wings and take a look at his wing tips. Beautiful!!

The gulls are migrating south but I have been watching them for several weeks on the lake. 

You can see his yellow legs in the pic above. He is considered a medium-sized gull and has a shorter bill. 

I was amazed how he kept flying around with the fish in his mouth.

I read that the non-breading adult has a small bit of tan streaking on their neck or head. 

Gulls aren't common in my area so seeing the gull and pelican migration has been exciting. Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:

 Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life
Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity

Thursday Favorite Things @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace on Thursday

Friday Favorites Link Party @ Penny's Passion on Thursday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday 

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf on Saturday

Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday pm 

MET Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Judy - congratulations on snapping these fabulous shots of the gull. I also find it very fulfilling when I can identify a bird I haven't seen before! Thanks for linking up to Mosaic Monday!

  2. Hello Judy,

    Fantastic captures of the gull! I like in a rural area and we see gulls here on parking lots.
    Wishing you a great day and a happy new week!

  3. It's so exciting to see birds you don't normally see! We are seeing some migratory birds here in FL now too. Love these photos...must have been exciting to take them!

  4. Great photos Judy! I love the pattern on it's wings!!

  5. Extraordinary photography!

    Thanks so much for taking time from your day to share this with us all at I'd Rather B Birdin'


  6. Beautiful bird in flight and it seems you both made a great catch. Him with the fish and you with the camera.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  7. Bulls are tough to identify...great photos

  8. Hello Judy,
    Beautiful post on the Gull! Great collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day. Happy weekend to you!

  9. Gulls always seem to be fabulous fliers! Thanks for your post on them.

    Feel free to share at My Corner of the World

  10. Hello. Interesting post. It is a beautiful gull. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Nice sighting of gulls and photographs also.