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Birds that Live Near the Ocean

Updated on August 13, 2015

Birds love the ocean too

Some birds really love to make their home near the coast line. Who could blame them? If I could fly at will, I would love to be near the ocean too.

Having gone deep sea fishing a couple summers back, I recall how smart some birds were, to be following our boat in hopes of catching little scraps as the fishermen were cleaning their fishes. Those seagulls make some great scavengers. They are always on the alert for something new to eat.

Another time, my two year old son was having lunch at the beach, and a seagull quietly sneaked up and stole his sandwich.  My little boy has just turned away for only a second! The cutest thing about this, was when my son said, "Mom, he didn't even say please!!" I always get a chuckle when recalling that memory. :)

Since seagulls are by far the bird I have most often seen at the ocean, I am going to spend some time here on them in particular. Did you know that seagulls can drink both salt and fresh water? They have special glands, above their eyes, that help to flush out the salt. The salt is flushed out through small openings in their bills. So they can survive better in places where fresh water is scarce. They can live from 5-15 years approximately, though there are instances of some living up to 25 years. Their eggs take about 26 days to hatch from the time they are laid. You will rarely see a young gull, for their parents are very protective and will continue to feed them for quite a while where they are. Upon reaching a more juvenile age, you will see smaller mottled colored gulls flying with their parent. They are just a bit smaller, though not much.

Some other birds to keep a look out for, while along coastlines are loons, grebes, penguins, albatross, petrels, frigate birds, boobies (like the Nazca booby), and gannets. There are also flycatchers, ibis, herons, egrets, sandpipers and oystercatchers. (There are more, and many different types of the above mentioned birds.) Living in the United States, I am content seeing birds I can, and hope to catch glimpses of the some of the rest in zoos and on animal shows/documentaries.

Some pictures I have taken of birds near the ocean

Bird along the shoreline, looking for food to eat.
Bird along the shoreline, looking for food to eat. | Source
Little bird that seems to be posing for a picture near the waves.
Little bird that seems to be posing for a picture near the waves. | Source
Bird looking for food along the Pacific Ocean, on Balboa Beach.
Bird looking for food along the Pacific Ocean, on Balboa Beach. | Source
Birds flying near a jetty and over the waves.
Birds flying near a jetty and over the waves. | Source
Waves breaking in the distance, while a little birds walks along looking for food to eat.
Waves breaking in the distance, while a little birds walks along looking for food to eat. | Source
Bird walking along a wave that is going back out to sea.
Bird walking along a wave that is going back out to sea. | Source

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Mark! I appreciate your comment very much :)

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      MarkMAllen15 

      7 years ago

      Cute birds!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Stephanie, thank you very much for your comment. I agree, that sound of birds near the coast brings back memories. Glad to know of a fellow ocean and bird lover!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      These are beautiful photographs of the ocean! I too love the ocean and the birds we see along the coast. The call of seagulls always brings back fond memories of beach vacations.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you 6hotfingers, and I would love to go to Virginia Beach Virginia one day. Glad that the hub took you back for a moment. :)

    • 6hotfingers3 profile image

      6hotfingers3 

      7 years ago

      Such a refreshing Hub! I lived in Virgina near Virgina Beach. It is the most beautiful place to spend the summer. Your Hub took me back for a brief moment.Thank you!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you so much, Phoenix

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks so much Jill, and yes I agree that gulls can be so funny lol. :)

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      PhoenixV 

      8 years ago from USA

      Great Pictures Once again woo hoo

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      A. Jill 

      8 years ago

      Gulls can be so funny. I have a picture of one on the balcony of our room in Mexico, pecking on the window to wake us so we could give him a handout. He liked cashews. A great hub, Ocean, and again you teach us something new. Like gulls drinking either salt or fresh water and having glands to filter the salt. Very cool!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Glad you stopped by, Jerilee , thank you.

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      Jerilee Wei 

      8 years ago from United States

      I like the statement, Birds Love The Ocean Too!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you so much Anna. I really think our planet is so beautiful, and so much left to even begin to know about. :)

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      awcase 

      8 years ago

      i love the way you bring out the beauty on our planet.

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