Glaucous Gull on Ice
A huge gull of the frozen North, the Glaucous Gull (larus hyperboreus) breeds across most of the high Arctic. It winters farther north than most gulls, but it does turn up as far south as California and Virginia.

First and second-year Glaucous Gulls appear to move farther southward than adults, and most individuals seen in the southern portion of the winter range are immatures.

This bird is an active predator at seabird nesting colonies. It will walk into colonies and take eggs and chicks left unprotected, and will fly above a foraging arctic fox or person disturbing the colony and take eggs and chicks that are exposed during the disturbance.

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