Seagulls are medium to small birds, usually grey or white, with black markings on the head or wings. They live in coastal areas all over the world. The common gull looks like a small version of the herring gull, with greenish legs and a yellow bill. They are also seen more often in towns and on housing estates in winter. In summer, look along coasts and inland marshes and lakes of Scotland, N Ireland and N England. Elsewhere in England and Wales, they can be seen in the winter on farmland, near lakes and marshes and on the coast. Gulls nest in large, densely packed and noisy colonies. They lay two or three speckled eggs in nests composed of vegetation. They feed on a wide range of prey including fish and freshwater invertebrates, both alive and already dead, terrestrial arthropods and invertebrates such as insects and earthworms, rodents, eggs, reptiles. Also, plant items such as seeds and fruit, human refuse and chips! They can drink both fresh and salt water.
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