The hovertrot: a how-to guide for gulls

  1. angle into sea breeze; lift off lackadaisically
  2. hold wings outstretched without flapping
  3. skim across beach without gaining altitude
  4. periodically paddle ground with feet
  5. maintain trajectory/nonchalance for 100+ meters

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

As performed by a herring gull yesterday.

Turkey doodle

Click above for a vocabulary lesson of questionable value, brought to you by the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) and his lesser known relative, the Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata). 

“But... I still don't know what ocellated means,” you say. Well, if this turkey fanned his tail, you'd see concentric semicircles of eye-like spots, a.k.a. ocelli. Maybe I should have illustrated that.