Even though Durham is 150 miles from the East Coast, I occasionally see seagulls roosting in parking lots.
Gulls, South Square, Durham
Cities have ample garbage, ideal for foraging, and heat islands perfect for roasting in the sun. These appear to be ring-billed gulls
, which have adapted to suburban living far from the beach. The New York Times explains
why some gulls have taken a shining to parking lots.
A flock of seagulls landed in South Square today. A couple hardy ones rode the thermals. The rest grounded themselves and puffed up their wings as they tried to stay warm.