One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A migratory gull with greenish-grey legs, found locally in northern and eastern Eurasia and north-western North America.
Larus canus, family Laridae
- ‘Scotland has seen significant rises in populations of gannets, common gulls and puffins, but other species, such as the arctic tern, are in steep decline.’
- ‘When we arrived at the island, we were greeted by a flock of Tree Swallow, the usual assortment of common gulls, and a few Killdeer.’
- ‘‘There is the largest number of breeding common gulls anywhere in Central Scotland, primarily down by the storage in the high security area around the submarines,’ said John.’
- ‘But as black-headed and common gulls tend to feed on farmland, it seems likely that farmland is the origin of the outbreak.’
- ‘Other than that, it was just common gulls, ducks, and geese.’
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