I love Coney in the snow, I hope you do too, enjoy!
|This morning looked very much like a bleak and barren boardwalk in Nome Alaska...|
|Can you even see the ocean?!|
|But by noon, the weather turned bright, cheerful, and far more inviting-- it's amazing what a little sun shine can do!|
|OH! There's the ocean!|
|The quietest version of Coney Island you'll ever know.|
|A gull washes in the surf- this is a herring gull. I couldn't even imagine getting into the water.|
|The beach was mostly teeming with herring and ring-billed gulls. A few great black-backed gulls were around and off shore, I spotted at least 3 Northern Gannets.|
|A group of ring billed gulls - the guy up front looks to be ready for a post-lunch nap.|
|"Don't eat the yellow snow!"|
The gulls on the beach were eating snow, because unlike the ocean water, the snow is a great source of fresh water. So many gulls were picking it up and eating it, like this herring gull.
|A red throated loon came close to shore, maybe to see what the 6 loons from the NY aquarium were doing out on the beach in such weather.|
|A juvenile herring gull.|
|And yay! We found 5 skate egg cases on the beach just outside the aquarium, plus a few fragments from other. We also found some washed up soft corals, HUGE moon snails, razor clams, various crab carapaces, lots of good stuff!|