The laughing gulls are getting their mating colors. Their heads turn black and their beaks get a red tint. They get a red ring around their eyes.
This one’s head was just starting to turn black but his beak was already red.
This is what they look like in the winter. Well, except for that fish hook sticking out of the back of his neck. Some of the gulls are slower to change.
What is this ruddy turnstone eating?
Probably stuck on fish guts.
Trying to nap on the pier.
I think they put those spikey things on top of the lights to keep the birds off. Oh well.
Fighting over light space.
It was a quiet morning at the fishing pier in Fort Desoto. Hardly anyone there fishing. Maybe it was the cooler windy weather. Not many birds there either.