A group of gulls are pausing at the border of the lake.

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

The Ring-billed Gull is the most common gull along St. Lawrence River and lakes in Montreal. The species is adapted well to the city life and it can be observed frequently to compete directly against pigeons for food.

How To Identify

You need to get close to this species to identify. Ring-billed gulls feature a black ring around the bill, as their name indicate. This characteristic can be observed also on older juveniles. This gull is the smallest of the gulls in Montreal, Although size is a weak distinctive mark, especially when compared with the only slightly larger Herring Gull.

Where and When to Spot

This species can be observed all year along the river and lakes in Montreal and it is especially abundant at the border of the river in parks like Rapids Park Lachine. It is less frequent in winter, though.Further you can spot this species in the city itself. Usually, when you spot a gull in the streets of Montreal it is a Ring-billed Gull.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Moulin Légaré

    Saturday, September 2, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 150mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f5.0
    ISO 640

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/500s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 320

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/500s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 640

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 150mm
    Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Aperture f5.0
    ISO 220

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 280

  • Parc Île de la Visitation

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f7.1
    ISO 200

  • Park La Fontaine

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

    Focal Length 140mm
    Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 200

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 250mm
    Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Aperture f8.0
    ISO 360