What’s the story with all of the gulls I see flying around? Are they migrating? What are they doing when they're circling up there?
Stan Roth, research associate at Kansas Biological Survey, said almost all of the gulls we are seeing are Franklin’s Gulls. He said they migrate in large numbers through eastern Kansas in both spring and autumn. The “circling” we see is an effort to locate a weather thermal — warm air updraft — with which they can gain a flight advantage as they continue south.