On Wednesday March 4, 2015, I went for two walks along the beach. I went south in the morning up to a small stream that runs into the ocean. The river stirs up the sand, making this a great place for gulls and shore birds to feed. A dense fog permitted me to approach the birds without disturbing them. It also made for photos that aren't quite as sharp as others taken on cloudy days.
I came across a very large number of gulls, including about 50 Bonaparte Gulls, pictured below. I think this may be the first time I have seen their legs! Lovely.
The afternoon walk yielded a flock of Willets (above), scouring the water for crustaceans.
The next day was warm and sunny. Walking north, I found the gulls again. The one below was getting quite bored with me.
|This Great Black-backed Gull seemed very nonchalant about my presence.|
I was seeing a few Grebes, Cormorants, Loons and Mergansers in the surf. The choppy seas didn't permit photos. While looking out at these fishing birds, I saw the first Pelagic bird of this trip, a Northern Gannet flying from North to South without diving.
At 4:30 PM, the last strong cold front of the winter charged across the beach and out to see, where I snapped these photos of it. The temperature plunged 20 degrees in 20 minutes, and didn't recover until Saturday, two days later. That day I went to Huntington Beach State Park, which will be featured in the next posting.