I was at my folks house this weekend, and I was watching the Sound out the window. I noticed a group of Bonaparte gulls (I think) being very active right next to shore. I strolled down to see what was going on. The wind was blowing offshore pretty good. A cold afternoon, an outgoing tide, a lot of beach, with those little saltwater rivulets draining the low spots in the beach. The gulls were flying into the wind and looking to the water, then occasionally diving down and flying just above the surface. We're talking 6-8 inches of water, mostly. Finally, a head plunge. Sometimes this led to a beakfull of very skinny fish, about 2-3 inches in length. A few swallows and it was gone. Fish-feed or failure, they got their ass off the water and back in the game. All the feeding happened while flying into the wind. Trips downwind were just to get positioned again. Sitting on the surface was just wasted time. They knew that when it's "go-time", success often involves a lot of struggle. The coasting downwind is fun and easy, but it doesn't really get you anything except ready for the next go round. Anybody know what the fish likely were? I walked around to try and get a good look at them in the water but never saw a single one.