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Old 01-27-2013, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I've lived in Murfreesboro for a year now and previously visited family here every year. One thing I've noticed that seems a little out of place is the flocks of seagulls that seem to congregate in the parking lots during the winter. I haven't gotten a good look at then up close, so I'm not sure what kind they are. Does anyone know where they come from each winter ? Are they migrants from the Great Lakes wintering here? I'm not sure I see the appeal of parking lots for winter habitat but that's my best guess. This has always intrigued me here so any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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Found this on a 'bird board' re the parking lot question:

"Probably because it's a good place to loaf around while still commanding a good view of approaching predators, both those coming from the air and on the ground. They have a good view of the sky for Peregrine Falcons, and of the surrounding terrain for dogs, cats, foxes, etc. They also hang out in groups for safety - it guarantees that someone will always be watching even if most are snoozing, and when they take off when an alarm is given it makes it harder for a predator to single out one to go after.

Another factor in the winter is that a black asphalt parking lot may absorb and retain more heat than other available surfaces."

And apparently many species of gulls hang around ANY water. Small ponds, rivers, lakes. Maybe they are from Radnor Lake or Percy Priest??? There is also speculation they like to hang around McDonalds parking lots because they like the fries . . . .
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Music City, USA
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Found this on a 'bird board' re the parking lot question:

"Probably because it's a good place to loaf around while still commanding a good view of approaching predators, both those coming from the air and on the ground. They have a good view of the sky for Peregrine Falcons, and of the surrounding terrain for dogs, cats, foxes, etc. They also hang out in groups for safety - it guarantees that someone will always be watching even if most are snoozing, and when they take off when an alarm is given it makes it harder for a predator to single out one to go after.

Another factor in the winter is that a black asphalt parking lot may absorb and retain more heat than other available surfaces."

And apparently many species of gulls hang around ANY water. Small ponds, rivers, lakes. Maybe they are from Radnor Lake or Percy Priest??? There is also speculation they like to hang around McDonalds parking lots because they like the fries . . . .
I've seen flocks seagulls around Percy Priest and Old Hickory Lake. Never seen them at Radnor Lake...I don't think that's their type of place.

You can occasionally see them hanging around Rivergate Mall.

Here's a picture:
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I hadn't thought about the lakes north of here. Maybe they take day trips around these lots looking for scraps? I saw a flock of maybe 20 earlier today. I enjoy seeing them.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Music City, USA
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I hadn't thought about the lakes north of here. Maybe they take day trips around these lots looking for scraps? I saw a flock of maybe 20 earlier today. I enjoy seeing them.
That's probably what it is...lol. They take a day to the Boro and gorge themselves on leftover pizza at MTSU.
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