Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Ring-billed Gulls picking berries from tree tops in Metairie

This morning on the 3900 block of David Drive in Metairie, I was astonished to see 2-3 Ring-billed Gulls swooping down to the crown of a Chinese Tallow tree and plucking berries from its top.

The tree was in a typical residential backyard, and was about 35 feet tall.  It had a near-leafless top, though still substantial (orangish) foliage on its lower half.  The area is relatively open- not a lot of mature trees.

I first saw one bird do it, an adult, and then it was joined by another Ring-billed- which I am pretty sure copied its behavior and also grabbed a berry.  A third Ring-billed began circling but seemed not to actually forage.  In all, about 6 berry-grabs were seen.

I do not remember seeing a gull (or any waterbird) pick fruit from a tree before.


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