A wrack line of fireworks shells on Seabrook Beach, July 5.
In New England, Fourth of July is really the start of summer – weather-wise, activity-wise, and psychologically.
Just offshore: sailboat, terns and a cormorant coming in for a landing.
Terns are fishing. I don’t know what kind of terns they are.
Fun to watch them.
Fish spotters and daring divers.
I took a lot of pictures of this Ring-billed Gull.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Find This Bird: Look for these gulls in parking lots, at sporting events, and around sewage ponds and garbage dumps. You may see them foraging for insects and worms in newly plowed fields, or perching atop light poles near shopping malls and fast-food restaurants. They also frequent reservoirs, lakes, marshes, mudflats, and beaches.
They are petite and cute compared to the larger Herring Gulls and Black-backed Gulls on Seacoast beaches.
Adults are clean gray above, with a white head, body and tail; their black wingtips are spotted with white. They have yellow legs and a yellow bill with a black band around it. Nonbreeding adults have brown-streaked heads. During their first two years, Ring-billed Gulls are a motley brown and gray with a pink bill and legs.
This gull has also been added to my bird blog. The post is: Barefoot gull watching.
Looking south along Seabrook Beach.
Looking north to Hampton inlet and the bridge to Hampton Beach.