Saturday, when Bill and I walked around my neighborhood's lake, I thought there must be a Gull Festival going on.It's not unusual to see a few gulls at the lake but usually the Canadian Geese and a variety of ducks are in the majority.
I didn't see any Canadian Geese Saturday and far fewer ducks than normal. I felt like I was at the beach when I looked out and saw so many seagulls.
The time of year is always a factor in terms of the wildlife at the lake. However, the most noticeable difference is usually how many different types of ducks I spot. Sometimes there are a few large turtles in the lake although I've never had a camera handy when I spot them. It's not unusual to see a blue heron although that may be seasonal as I didn't see any on this walk. Saturday it was all about the gulls.
The gulls were not the least bit shy. Several of them let me take their photographs as they perched on the bridge railing. I was standing quite close for many of the shots.
I should start taking notes about what kinds of birds I see at the lake and what time of year it is. I used to keep a journal about the birds that hang out in my garden and when they are up before the crack of dawn and when they seem to start sleeping in. Although I notice the bird population at the lake, I've never taken notes like I have done with the ones in my back yard.
Saturday, January 13, 2008 was the day of the Gull Convention. I wonder what bird group will be partying there next.
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