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Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis


Distinguishing Marks:

  • Bright yellow bill with black ring.

  • Yellow legs.

  • White head, neck, chest and belly with light gray back.

The Ring-billed Gull can be seen from wetlands to large open waterways searching for their main meals of fish, aquatic invertebrates and insects. Although at first glimpse, the Ring-billed Gull can be confused with the Herring Gull, the latter is much larger and has a pinkish cast to their legs.







Anas platyrhynchos


Distinguishing Marks:

  • Male: Yellow bill. Deep green head. White ring around neck.
  • Female: Orange bill with black centered patch and buff-colored head with black eye lining.


Mallards are one of Ohio's most common dabbling ducks found in both open water and wetlands. They eat mostly plant life.





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