Bird of the Week – Sabine’s Gull
A much less common gull than the ones we’ve seen the last two weeks, the Sabine’s Gull is a very handsome species that breeds in Western and Northwestern Alaska.
The species winters at sea in the Southern Hemisphere, flying to the coastal Arctic and Subarctic to breed.
The striking white margins on the wings, the black hood, the red-rimmed eye and the yellow tip on a black bill make this an easy bird to recognize.
Like most long-distance migrants, Sabine’s don’t build much of a nest, just some packed grass on a high spot on the tundra. Sabine’s Gull is a two year gull, meaning it take just two years to reach maturity. We don’t see subadults in Alaska; they don’t return to the north the first year after hatching.
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