The most common seagull here is the laughing gull, as opposed to the more commonly seen herring gull or ring-billed gull. Because these black-headed birds are most common in proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, in my family we call them bay gulls, pronounced bagels.
Above a school stadium in Lewes, osprey have built a nest. Here one of the adults is guarding it from the next lamppost over.
Ghost crab lurking in the sand dunes at Bethany Beach.
I'm not sure whether this is a ghost crab, a fiddler crab or a stone crab lurking in his hole in the dunes.
On all area beaches, gulls are a familiar sight.
At night under the lights, impressive spiders make webs. This is a good thing as it keeps the local mosquito population down.
These little clams can be found quite often near the ocean, digging with incredible speed into the sand.
A handful of Atlantic mole crabs.
A turtle surfaces amidst the plants and algae in a Sea Colony roadside swamp.
Frogs in another area of Sea Colony swamp.
Dragonflies, too, are quite common in the swampy areas.
We did not see any living horseshoe crabs, though in my childhood it was not an unknown occurence to step on one in the water. Now they are becoming endangered, so I don't know whether this shell is a good sign or a bad one.