I just went outside (11:30pm) and could hear seagulls screaming/cawing overhead. I looked in the direction of where the sound was coming from and could see a couple hundred of them being illuminated by the lights of the buildings as they flew overhead. It's winter, it's still snowing, I'm just outside Waterton Glacier International Peace Park in Canada, and it's night. Why are there hundreds of seagulls flying around in the dark in the middle of the night?

  • Predators...... Mar 19 '18 at 14:21
  • Can you please make sure I linked to the right Park? When I first searched on Glacier National Park in order to try to research this, a large park in Montana called Glacier National Park came up. Then I noticed your Canada tag, and searched again. The one I linked to is in Canada, so it's probably right, but I'd rather have you check and make sure. Thanks! Mar 20 '18 at 3:22
  • @Sue It's actually Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park. Waterton Lakes National Park is the Canada Side. I say Glacier most of the time because is the much bigger part of the park.
    – ShemSeger
    Mar 20 '18 at 3:39
  • Thanks for the clarification. That park looks beautiful, and there are some interesting birding opportunities. Sadly, the bird population has been badly affected by the wildfires, as has much of the other habitat. I haven't yet found anything about seagulls. I'll keep trying to find out why they were doing that, unless of course someone else gives you an answer. I haven't started looking at other factors, like migration, which might make sense at this time of year. Mar 21 '18 at 2:56

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