Saturday 11th May 2013

by mwfblog

May 6th
Last weekend Jeff and I drove out as far as you can go on Chappy to “the Gut”. It’s a prime fishing ground in the summer months for those who make the trip and this is where the seagulls have learned that in the early spring months it is a safe haven for breeding.   For years I’ve been wanting to get out there at this time of year to take a look. We were fortunate enough to see dozens and dozens of the gulls on their nests with their mates close by. They lay 3 beautiful large eggs in every “clutch”. I learned that seagull pairs remain bonded as long as they both live, they share the job of rotating time on the nest eggs for the month of incubation, and then for the 3 months of chick raising. I can’t wait to drive out at the end of the month to see the babies.

seagull eggs2

seagull mates

seagull sanctuary

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3 Responses to “Breeding Sanctuary”

  1. laura says:

    Looking forward to your library talk Wednesday in Edgartown,, at 6:30?

  2. Jilly says:

    This is so wonderful! xx.

  3. Eva says:

    I love this blog, Melinda! Three entries and I’m hooked already. What could be better than beautiful photographs, recipes (can’t wait to try the bread pudding) and your lovely glimpses of life on the island.

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