How do you tell the difference between Common Gulls and Herring Gulls?
People sometimes struggle to tell the difference between the common gull and the herring gull because the plumage is very similar and from a distance it can be difficult to tell just how large they really are (unless they’re very close to one another), but it’s a lot easier if you look at this table:
|Common Gull||Herring Gull|
|Length||430 mm – 17 inches||635 mm – 25 inches|
|Beak||Plain yellow||Plain yellow, but with red spot underneath|
|Legs||Pale greenish yellow||Pink|
|Eyes||Red||Pale with ring of yellow skin|