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How big does a lake have to be in order to have seagulls?

Asked by occ (4080points) July 18th, 2007

I spent the weekend at Lake Michigan, and was surprised to see a seagull population there, even though it is freshwater, not the ocean. I can't recall ever seeing seagulls so far inland before. I've been to other very large freshwater lakes like Lake Tahoe (about 75 mile circumference), and there are no seagulls there...but of course the great lakes are much, much bigger than Tahoe. Thoughts?

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nemezide's avatar

You can see seagulls in cities and dumps, away from any sea water. They live wherever they can get food, that's all.

andrew's avatar

It doesn't so much have to do with size as -what I would suspect- proximity to existing seagull populations. You see seagulls over parking lots (certainly not a large "lake") an hour and a half outside of Chicago.

Perchik's avatar

Yea our walmart has seagulls. (not for sale :D)

Bigfish's avatar

I live about 400 miles from the ocean, but every spring the local college and high school football fields are covered with seagulls. I later learned that they come to the fields to mate and then fly to an island in a lake about 30 miles away to lay eggs. The lake is probably 5 square miles.

gooch's avatar

size doesn't matter

SarasWhimsy's avatar

From what I understand, they don’t need water. Some species of seagulls prefer water and some don’t. Maybe Lake Tahoe doesn’t offer the kinds of food they like or are otherwise unihabitable.

Kayak8's avatar

We have seagulls in the Walmart parking lot in Ohio . . .

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