In January ...
Gulls are year round residents.
In winter they can't steal french fries from bennies and need fend for themselves.
Bummer for the crabs.
More bad news for the crabs ...
Loons are winter visitors, heading north before the crowds return.
They're also a bit camera shy.
Another winter visitor, snow buntings in my experience are generally very camera shy. Usually seen in small flocks, fleeing as one approaches.
These two were atypical, relaxed in front of the camera, letting us approach to within ten feet. Very cool.
I grew up at the shore, four blocks from the water, but have always preferred the empty beaches of fall and winter to the crowds of summer. Perhaps growing up in New York City metropolitan area, at some of the closest beaches to the city, with the attendant traffic jams, litter, and utter lack of space on the beaches, soured me a bit. But I'd rather spend the day in the company of a few friends and whichever species of wildlife which would care to join us. How about you, what do you prefer?