Once a seagull has found her mate, however, their behavior remains pretty calm because all courtship behaviors are complete. Although gulls do settle in colonies or groups, each couple has their own personal plot of land (check out the last post for more information on that!). Divorce does happen on occasion with gulls; however, it is not often and the cost of the break up can persist for a few years after it occurs. The majority of gulls will breed once a year, producing a clutch size of three eggs. After the eggs are born, they being about a month long incubation process. At this point having a reliable mate is essential for seagulls. The parents will take turns incubating the eggs, allowing the their mate to feed.
An interesting fact regarding gulls and their courting behavior is they take part in homosexual mate selection. Similar to elephants and the very familiar Homo sapian, some gulls will select same sex mates. There was a particularly high instance of this off the coast of Santa Barbara. Although it is unclear why exactly gulls take part in this behavior, it possibly has to do with the high female to male ratio on the islands. Studies regarding this behavior continue to find out more about the lesbian seagulls that have caused quite the ruckus in both homosexual and conservative groups.