The breeding range of the Herring Gull extends across the northern part of North America from central and southern Alaska to the Great Lakes and the northeast coast of the U.S. south to North Carolina. They breed over most of Canada except for the southwest and arctic regions. Most of these birds migrate south during the winter months to the southern U.S. and Mexico and along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
In Florida, this species is a common fall through spring visitor. They start arriving near the end of October and depart by the latter half of March. The bulk of the wintering birds are present in January/February.