Gull, Bonaparte bird picturesBONAPARTE GULL
60. Larus philadelphia. 14 inches.
In summer, tip and outer web of outer primaries black; inner web and shaft white, with a black bill. The head and neck are gray; while in winter the head is white with gray spots back of the eyes.
Young birds have the back mixed with brownish and the tail with a band of black near the tip.
They are rarely found in the U.S. with the black hood.
Nest. - They nest in great numbers in the marshes of the northwest. The nests of sticks and grass are placed on the higher parts of the marshes and the usual complement of three eggs is laid. The eggs are grayish to greenish brown, marked with dark brown spots (1.90 x 1.30).