Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Gull

Sarah and I took a much-needed break from our respective Spring Busy Seasons this weekend at Pacific City. During the weekend, Sarah's parents hosted their first family get-together at their nearly completed beach house, which has served as the base of beach explorations for several months now. We had some big meals, took some beach walks, and caught up on some reading.

Yesterday, we stopped at Netarts Bay on the way home. We found a nice beach near the north end of the bay and walked towards its mouth. We were rewarded with a great view of a breeding plumage Bonaparte's gull picking food out of the wrack. We usually see Bonaparte's in their winter plumage, which lacks the striking black cap seen below, so it was nice to see this individual.


I left our camera at the beach house, so this borrowed image will have to do. I guess I won't be able to post new photos until we return from our next beach trip.


Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Now why can't I find one just like that on our beach...ahh I can feel the fame.....

Best wishes


EcoRover said...

Wow, for a sec on your last post, I thought that was your huge garden! Hope you get some tomatoes, though.

The rock you show in the bay is an awesome landmark. Is it also a prime gull nesting spot?