The usual shore birds were at the fishing pier in early April. There was a large variety of them hanging out together including those large ring billed gulls in the middle. They make the other birds seem so small.
There were a lot of royal terns on the beach. The two above with the orange beaks looked like they were flirting. They were standing at attention among the sandwich terns, common terns and willets.
They were definitely flirting. Walking back and forth together, almost like slow dancing. Their little black toupees were standing up.
Then we knew for sure they were flirting. The poor couple didn’t have any privacy although the willets weren’t really paying attention. It looked more like a game of leap frog than actual mating though.
They danced around again for a while as that kittiwake was keeping an eye on us.
They tried again but I don’t think she was really in the mood.
As I was leaving I noticed the crowd had thinned out. Everyone was here to see the kittiwake but there was so much more going on.