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Although ubiquitous where ever we turn, I was curious about the several different species that are often observed fishing and feeding together at dawn. The flocks of seagulls that we see on Cape Ann at this time of year are typically comprised of two species and they are the Great Black-backed Gull and the Herring Gull. In the above photo taken at daybreak (click to view larger), you can see both species; the gulls with speckled feather patterns are first year fledglings of both the Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls.
Interestingly, early in the twentieth century, both species of gulls were mostly winter visitors, neither staying to breed when the weather warmed. The first pair of breeding Herring Gulls was discovered on Martha’s Vineyard in 1912. The first pair of breeding Great Black-backed Gulls was found in Salem in 1932.
The Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) is the larger of the two, up to 30,” with a black back and wings, yellow bill distinguished by a red dot on the bottom near the tip, and pinkish legs.
The Herring Gull (Larus argentus), at 25 inches, has gray wings tipped with black, gray back, white head, pinkish legs, and yellow bill also with a red dot on the bottom near the tip.
The Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) is also a regular visitor but according to Mass Audubon, it has never successfully bred in Massachusetts. The Ring-billed at first glance looks similar to the Herring Gull but is the smallest of the three at 17″ and is also easy to distinguish as it has yellow legs and a dark gray band near the tip of its bill.
This shot was taken from aboard the M/V Lady Jillian, Gloucester’s Harbor Water Shuttle and Tour. The water shuttle is a great way to get around and see Gloucester’s inner harbor for short money ($10 for adults, children 6-12 $5 and under 6 free). Hop on/Hop off all day (daily during the summer noon – 6:00pm; last depart at 5:00pm). Pick ups on the hour at Harbor Loop/Jacobs Landing, 15 minutes after the hour at St. Peter’s Landing, 30 minutes after the hour at Rocky Neck Art Colony and 45 minutes after the hour at Cripple Cove, Cruiseport and Head of the Harbor (on request). Leave your car and hop aboard the Lady Jillian for a nice tour and refreshing trip around Gloucester Harbor.
I think I figured it out. This has happened dozens of times. I lose track of Rubber Duck for a minute and the next thing I know she is perched onto another round shiny object.
Jamie at Stones Pub was describing how he was not really that sleep deprived even with one week old baby boy Cameron taking up some of his time lately and the next thing you know Rubber Duck has jumped off the bar.
So. Do you think Rubber Duck wants to be a mommy? I never got around to explaining the birds and the bees to RD and now I don’t know how to break it to her. Should I put out a call to Homie and get a nice seagull egg for Rubber Duck to sit on?
Thank you all for sharing your beautiful Homie photos!
WOW!! Thank you for sharing your Gorgeous Homie photos!!!
The above photo comes from Mark Lombard and the below photo, of seagulls in the snow, is from Donna Ardizonni.
The above photo was taken by David Parsons. David writes, “This was taken on the Yankee Clipper. We were Pollock fishing Dec. 2011.”
And from Nicole, “Homies on the Hood!”
Posted in the order in which they appeared in my inbox.
Do you have a favorite photo of Homie(s)? We would love to share. Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post here.
Please submit average size photos, roughly 8 x 10; please no enormous files. Don’t forget to watermark your photo. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s submissions!
Good Harbor Beach Seagulls
These go together. Crank the sound to eleven on the video while Rubber Duck and the Homies are on screen. Don’t worry, it will all make sense.
This is the sunset last Friday night, while I waited for the blue moon to show itself… These colors are what came from the camera with no significant editing. It’s oversaturated somewhat, but pretty close to what I was seeing. I set my camera’s white balance to “incandescent bulb” to get these colors; on automatic or “sunlight”, it was making everything golden – pretty, but nowhere near the real colors.
I got up to the roof of the rectory early to wait for the sunset/moonrise, and the seagulls, which usually occupy our small roof, were NOT amused that I was usurping their prized vantage point for observing the world.
This first shot is actually from Thursday evening, several hours before the precise full moon:
On Friday night, the “blue moon” put on a real show, playing hide-and-seek through the clouds:
5PM edit: I came back an hour later and there was $4.85 in the cup. Should Rubber Duck consult a lawyer before we move to a more popular beach? The overhead is dirt cheap. A few breadcrumbs, maybe a fish rack or two.
I stole the concept for this idea from XKCD comics and forgot to atribute them. They are math nerds who make you laugh with equations and other science stuff. I usually wet my pants when I read them. The seagull one was just weird.
Homie Watching Over Gannet ‘s Blackburn Challenge Crew Saturday–Off Dog Bar Breakwater From Rick Isaacs
I cannot believe it has only been one year since the Rubber Duck met Homie on a blustery day just like today, April 18, 2011. When I posted that first part of the Rubber Duck saga I was only joking about it being a twenty part series. Little did I know that maybe a hundred posts later the story is still not finished. To commemorate their anniversary I repost the first few chapters. Later this week will be an update of how Homie and Rubber Duck spent their day today. Part I posted April 18th, 2011: (This will be a twenty part series.) Part II posted April 19th, 2011: But first, the back story. Two lonely birds: But soon the connection was made and time stopped. ” “I am so out of here!” But Homie came back of course and took Rubber Duck all over. The Rockport Dump, Thacher Island lighthouse, Maine, Florida, meeting Santa when he arrived in Rockport, wine tasting at Passports, Duck Confit at Duckworth’s. Then, just a few months later, things got a little weird: Last sighting of RD was at the Spring Fling two weeks ago with rumors that she was at the Thirsty Golf contest at the DogBar last week when Joey caught her again staring at him. Flexilis anatidaephobia is the fear that a rubber duck is staring at you and Joey has got it bad.