Hope your week floats and sails along as nicely as this seagull floated along with the waves!
Call me crazy, but I love the seagulls at the beach. I don’t mind when they walk right up to my blanket or lay together in groups of 20 on the beach, or squawk at one another. I spent yesterday watching them, and decided I would make a post of Seagull Portraits. Ok, call me crazy again, but they are beautiful to my eye. So here they are.
I spotted this Sparrow fluttering around a potted plant of Petunias on the boardwalk at the beach. He seemed to stay above the flowers, not landing, just hovering. Finally he did land, inside, where I lost sight of him. Trying to get out of the heat? Hidden food? A nest? I wonder.
Going to the beach on a weekday is so different from going on the weekend. We arrived to find the beach mostly empty and as people did come, everyone had enough room to take a space without intruding on anyone else. I don’t know if it was the lack of people, but the beach was filled with seagulls all day, everywhere you looked. I have gotten used to them strolling by where I am sitting, but yesterday they lounged around right next us, sleeping and watching the surf. One bird kept swooping into the surf, who I later identified as a Common Tern. There were Muscle Shells galore that had washed in with the surf, so it was open Buffet all day. Here are some of the seagull sights I saw.
Common Tern on the lookout!
Fearless Oystercatcher foucsed on finding lunch as someone approaches
The Buffet is Open!
You lookin’ at me? This guy was sitting within arms reach of me
And the Oystercatcher who never stops moving along the surf.
From All About Birds: Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming. These large, rangy hawks do well around humans and have rebounded in numbers following the ban on the pesticide DDT. Ospreys are very large, distinctively shaped hawks. Despite their size, their bodies are slender, with long, narrow wings and long legs. They fly with a marked kink in their wings, making an M-shape when seen from below. Their length21.3–22.8 in (54–58 cm)and wingspan59.1–70.9 in (150–180 cm)
A pair of Ospreys chose a local cell phone tower in town to build their nest, and I had the pleasure of catching sight of them there this week. The tower is located across the street from a marsh and river, making it a perfect place to take up residence and find meals.
I stood below the the tower to capture these photos- their clarity is not the best because of the height distance and the sun. But I still felt they were worth sharing.
The nest is on the right side of the tower.
You can see the “kink” in the wings while in flight
Feathers on Friday
The great black-backed gull, also known as the greater black-backed gull or, informally, as the black-back, is the largest member of the gull family, and is the largest gull in the world. The adult great black-backed gull has a white head, neck and underparts, dark grey wings and back, pink legs and yellow bill. The adult great black-backed gull is fairly distinctive, as no other very large gull with blackish coloration on its upper-wings generally occurs in the North Atlantic. The legs are pinkish, and the bill is yellow or yellow-pink with some orange or red near tip of lower bill. The maximum recorded age for a wild great black-backed gull is 27.
The great black is fairly common to the area I live in and I have been fortunate to capture photos of them. I always marvel at how large they are-as big as a small dog!
Feathers on Friday
This beautiful Robin sat singing in a tree as I walked by on Monday afternoon. Sitting amid the buds of Spring he was most likely looking for a mate.
A Song Sparrow was calling out too- all puffed up to show off his feathers
The sounds of Spring in the air!