4 APRIL, 2019 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG - THE DUCKS OF APRIL (part one)
cloudy days (two in a row), but balmy-warm 50 degrees around the clock.
from the Arctic to Equatorial waters the birds are always there . . . on your deck, in the water and overhead . . .
sometimes both the sailors and the tourists are too occupied to notice them, personally, we have always taken the time.
that takes us to the Internet to identify. Our “local natives” inquiries showed us just how ignored sea birds are,
(almost all of these birds “are not” seabirds!, rather, they are coastal-river and wetlands birds), here is an album of
our Oregon Harbor birds.
colors! and we always thought a small seagull was just a baby, and many confuse Seagulls with the Albatross.
There are solid white gulls, black-headed gulls, grey gulls, big and little gulls, round-tailed, swallow-tailed and square-tailed gulls, actually, there are over 40 different types of Seagulls all of which have 15-year life spans.
of them all, and are commonly tethered for fishing from boats (like hawks).
and the five types of Bitterns…. (what you thought were baby herons or Egrets), are Bitterns.
North in the Alaskan Gulf here are Trumpeter and Russian Swans, these guys visit the Great Lakes as well, but rarely go
any further South than that.
they live to around 25 years, we have seen four different varieties (white, grey, black & white, grey and white, in short and long
feathered versions), really “big” 7-8 foot wing span birds (our ship’s cat on-deck encounter is another tale).
at the gazillion Ducks and Non-Duck birds we see here in port.