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Yes. I have seen shorebirds standing on trees in Alaska. Perhaps it is safer? I guess insects are similar to crustaceans that other gulls eat. But I would like to see these gulls feeding... do the catch insects as they fly?

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Yeah, I've seen Bonaparte's Gulls circling and apparently catching insects on the wing. They'll also pluck them from the water's surface. (During my lep and ode trip to Hudson Bay [James Bay] last summer, the Solitary Sandpipers and Greater Yellowlegs were in trees -- shocking!)

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Yes, the ones I saw in trees were the greater yellowlegs... I look forward to your reports from James Bay observations, ruminations...

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