We're sharing this island with lots of birds.
Even though I like big obvious birds and like knowing the names and facts about flora and fauna, I give up on shorebirds. I don't even know if this is a gull or a tern.
I'd venture to say this is a gull, but what kind....I don't know.
I just know that these birds mean I'm near the ocean, and that's good enough for me!!
The Sibley Guide to Birds shows the different plumage that each gull exhibits through its life cycle. I learned only recently that shorebirds have different plumage at different ages, in addition to breeding plumage and regular plumage.
So I'm happy with "it's a gull" as the extent of my knowledge!!
This line of pilings next to the breakwater caught my eye.
They're near the end of the breakwater, within the harbor.
They seem to be a favorite perch for cormorants - birds that fish by diving.
Somehow the sound of gulls makes me crave lobster rolls or fried clams - favorite beach foods!
I can talk myself right out of that craving if I need to, by remembering the time I saw a cormorant eat a whole live eel while I was kayaking. Gross!
If you're planning your own trip to New England, the comments earlier this week have a few ideas for you!
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