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|Adult-type Herring Gull with typical pink-colored legs. Daytona Beach Shores, FL. January 2015.|
A Herring with Yellowish Legs?A not too uncommon leg color one may find is a pale straw-yellow:
|Adult-type Herring with an obvious yellow tinge to its legs. Portsmouth, NH. 16 July 2015.|
Bruised and BatteredThe other deviate leg color is a cold bluish-gray, like this:
|Adult-type Herring with bluish-gray legs. Portsmouth, NH. 16 July 2015.|
The former bird with yellow legs is a color one will most likely see in early Spring. The latter, with bluish-gray legs, is a color that is noted frequently with Herrings along the Atlantic coast. This might suggest that those with yellow-colored legs develop via hormones, whereas the bluish legs may be related to a food source on the Eastern seaboard.