Although Ring Billed Gulls are technically “sea gulls” many are found throughout the inland areas of North America. They are found everywhere from parking lots and garbage dumps to freshwater lakes and coastal beaches. Migrating to the south in the winter, some gulls never even sea an ocean thanks to abundant scavenging opportunities near large cities with freshwater lakes nearby. The ring billed gull is one of many birds that experiences different plumage and color transformations until full adult plumage is obtained. The distinctive ring on their bill does not appear until after the first winter, and complete adult plumage does not appear until after year three. This ring billed gull is an adult with winter plumage photographed in December a few years ago at Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin, FL.