This small gull is easily spotted among the other gull species in Haines. Besides having yellow legs, a short yellow bill, and black wing tips, this is the smallest of the white-headed gulls. While the mew gull will readily nest on the ground like other gulls, they are one of the few who will also nest in trees.
The mew gull will eat carrion, fish, invertebrates, and garbage. They will sometimes paddle against the current picking up bits to eat as they float by. While these gulls are residents of the Pacific Coast, they migrate to inland regions of Alaska and northwest Canada for the summer.