There once was a solitary seagull
That stood along a shore most beautiful.
Say some bird enthusiasts:
“Ahem, ‘seagulls’ don’t exist
But we’ll give you that this one’s a bay gull”
“Seagull,” “gull,” “birb”—use whatever term you like! But fun fact: “seagulls” are not strictly sea-adjacent. Western gulls like this one are mostly found along shore. However, many gulls you may find locally are just as common over land as they are on the coast.
California gulls, for example, are nearly all hatched at Mono Lake, in the Eastern Sierras beyond Yosemite National Park, or at the Great Salt Lake in Utah! Now you’re not as gullible as you were before!