A seething river of birds
We ate dinner at The Depot Restaurant in Long Beach (very good), and then went to the beach itself. It is long, and sandy, and we walked to the Pacific to take some pictures. And then we saw a river of birds - an endless stream of dark shapes pouring over the water going north. Along with them came string after string (skein, like geese?) of pelicans, big enough to see as individuals, twisting and diving into the water. Sooty shearwaters by the thousands - maybe the tens of thousands - and hundreds of pelicans. There were some gulls, too, larger than the shearwaters, but not so many; they were mainly on the beach, watching. The birds kept coming for at least twenty minutes - still going strong when we had to leave. It was the most astonishing thing I've seen in maybe ever.