Herring gull

Travel anywhere along the coast of Massachusetts, and you’ll undoubtedly come across a flock of these familiar birds. Despite its common usage, the term “seagull” is a misnomer, probably adopted because gulls spend time along the seashore. There is no gull species known as a seagull. 

While Massachusetts hosts a variety of gull species at different times throughout the year, those commonly seen are herring, great black-backed, and laughing, all of which nest in the Commonwealth. Learn More

Although gulls are beneficial as scavengers, they also compete with terns for nesting habitat and occasionally cause issues for people. Flocks of gulls may gather on rooftops, waterfront property, playing fields, airports, and reservoirs. Learn More