A Really Small Seagull with a Black Head
That's how my husband described the bird he saw through his camera's viewfinder. He is an awesome photographer, but not quite an expert on birds. I'm not much better when it comes to sea birds. I know this is a tern, and I think it is a Common Tern - but I'm guessing.
Terns are similar in coloring to their larger cousins, the gulls, but terns are smaller and have a distinctive "sharper" shape.
When flying, terns and gulls are not a bit alike. The sharp angles of a tern's wings is impossible to miss.
Here is another classic tern silhouette.
A Herring Gull skimming over the jetty. I like the 3D look! Gulls are great birds for fledgling photographers, by the way. They are large enough to spot, unafraid of humans, and very graceful.
A Herring Gull soaring overhead.
Herring Gull over the waves.
Great Black-Backed Gull heading out to sea.
This immature Gull could be a Ring Billed, but it is difficult to be sure at this age. Immature gulls of most species are browner and more speckled than adults.