Gulls are masters of food finding in any conditions and, like rats and roaches, adapt quickly to human activities. Hence their presence at inland landfills, Walmart parking lots, and picnic areas. Cedar Key's little beach park is loaded with these clever beggars and the kids had a great time sharing their lunch with eager gulls.
This immature laughing gull has managed to lose a foot somewhere in his short life.
In a swirling mass of ringbilled gulls and laughing gulls, "Pegleg" was the only gull that would take food from my hands. I watched him as I alternately ate and shared my peanut butter sandwich. He would come by for a bit of my whole wheatbread, Smuckers all natural peanut butter and peach jam sandwich, make a big circle while swallowing the high energy treat, and then come back for more.
The skimmers can choose when to feed and are not so dependent on the tides, so they were huddling in a large flock where those on the outside acted as a windbreak for those inside.My students resembled the flock of skimmers for parts of the day as they too, huddled together, trying to stay warm.
Willets are dependent on exposed mudflats for feeding and must get out there when the tide is low, regardless of the cold.
An immature laughing gull with windblown feathers. This one comes complete with two feet.
A lot of solitary gulls like this laughing gull were just hanging out, enduring the wind and being still ...
Today, Thursday, is calm, sunny, and just cool enough to prevent a sweat.
In short, it is just about the perfect day for a field trip to Cedar Key. I teased them about choosing to go on the cold windy day, but they are still adamant that today would have been too easy and they would not have had as much fun.
Gotta love that attitude.
Spring break begins at 2:30 this afternoon, so the kids and the teacher's are distracted and only a little focused on our studies today.
It's a spring fever pandemic.