Second seagull nest discovered!
As some of you might have already concluded from the sounds of chicks calling for food from two separate locations on our roof that we have had two pairs of breeding gulls raising broods on our Sedum roof this year, although we could only film the one. Two chicks successfully fledged today from a second gull nest that located out of sight of our cameras, earlier than the other nest of three we have been observing.
Seagulls (European Herring Gulls) are on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ Red Data List as a “near threatened” species after populations dwindled due to deaths in fishing nets, from the effects of near shore oil pollution, and more recently from avian ‘flu, which has ravaged wild populations of gulls. Offering them a place to breed means that we might see anything up to five chicks successfully raised to adulthood on our rooftop this year!