After our paddle to the claybanks, we paddled back past the small Christie Beach access point among some rocky islets and boulders, all decorated by Ring-billed Gulls. Lots of evidence of higher water levels this year too.
You can clearly see why they're called Ring-billed Gulls.
But they were the most peaceful flock of gulls I recall seeing. Usually you see them soaring overhead and screaming. My most recent encounter was in Wiarton last month, when I was attacked while trying to eat my lunch at the waterfront! These gulls were looking downright dozy!
You can see how much the water levels have risen, with these small two trees now drowned. And they had about 20 dry years to grow, as the Great Lakes water levels fluctuate on a very long cycle. The water levels have risen 80 cm., nearly 3 feet, from their historic low two years ago.
We were paddling pretty close, and the gulls did eventually move. They flew a few yards and landed again!