I was standing at the water’s edge watching the sun’s first rays color the sand when I heard a screaming flock of gulls further down the beach. I watched as they swirled and swooped low to the sand.
Curious, I ambled down the beach in their direction. Always fascinated by what gifts the tide brings in the night; I was looking down as I walked. I stopped short when I saw the first tiny fish, its silvered scales catching the light.
I followed the glistening line of fish; the beach was littered with them. The gulls were eating what must have been a large school of fish the was caught in the tide and washed ashore. I have no idea what they were. The largest was about 2 inches and the smallest about an inch. Most of them were pale to translucent. A few were sandy colored. The loose flock of gulls was having a field day.
I love being outdoors and watching bird behavior, you just never know what you are going to see.
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In order to get out onto the bay, I plunked down my $32 and took one of those land-to-water crafts. In some cities they are called Ducks but here in San Diego they are called Seals. It is a, well, I guess I would call it a bus that can go in the water. After a 15-minute tour of the city, it put in over on Shelter Island for an hour-long blistering 5 mile-an-hour tour of the bay. The mate pointed out all of the Navy and Coast Guard vessels, sailboats and some of the wildlife.
On the way back it stopped at a bait barge for close-up looks at sea lions and some sea birds. There were loads of loafing sea lions, two of which were enormous males. The birds were Brown Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, Western Gulls, Heermann’s Gulls, and Double Crested Cormorants. Overhead flew Royal, Forester’s and Caspian terns. As we paused by the barge, a boat came along side to empty anchovies and sardines (I think that is what the mate said.) into the barge. There was quite the flurry of excitement when that happened, let me tell you. Yet another thing I had no idea about.
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