Proud Mum with Babies

May 23, 2008 at 11:56 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

New Chicks

The first lesser black-backed gull chicks I’ve seen this year – and at least the first within snapping distance of the Nikoff at full digital zoom (so the standard of the picture isn’t great but forgive me.)

These quintessentially Barrovian birds aren’t only seen nesting on the marshes of south Walney; this one is part of a substantial colony that nest on waste ground right in the town centre, next to the Devonshire Dock and right underneath the busy Michaelson Road High-Level Bridge. They share this space with rabbits, who have their own purpose-built warren on the land, and a couple of opportunistic magpies for whom gull eggs are a special treat. The rabbits may often be seen grazing around the nesting birds and the two species live in harmony. Not so the magpies, whichare persistent but get kept at bay by wing-wielding, beak-snapping threat displays. By the gulls, I mean, not by the rabbits!

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  1. Have a lovely weekend holiday


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