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Dances with gulls

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 18th, 2013

(Photos by Rick Beasley)

A family enjoying the beach near the Devils Lake Wayside in Lincoln City found themselves at the center of a flock of seagulls that clustered for handouts. Soon enough, one member of the group found the gulls to be willing partners in a dance along the surf line, with the birds moving to his rhythms. The most common of seagulls, the Western gull, is 24 to 26 inches in length with an enormous four-and-a-half-foot wingspan. Known for their interest in almost any food-worthy item, seagulls feast on tidal invertebrates and fish and will scour the beaches of carrion. But, as any beachcomber knows, they prefer to be handfed by visitors to their world.

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