Have you ever seen a baby seagull?

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I haven’t.
I’ve taken daily walks by the sea. I’ve lived for more than 10 years by a lake. I’ve seen baby mallard ducklings, baby Canadian goslings, but I’ve never ever seen a baby seagull.
Here are some baby seagulls by the sea:

And here’s what they look like up close:

From Wiki:

The large species take up to four years to attain full adult plumage, but two years is typical for small gulls. Large White-Headed Gulls are typically long-lived birds, with a maximum age of 49 years recorded for the Herring Gull.

Gulls nest in large, densely packed noisy colonies. They lay two to three speckled eggs in nests composed of vegetation. The young are precocial, being born with dark mottled down, and mobile upon hatching.

Gulls—the larger species in particular—are resourceful, inquisitive and intelligent birds, demonstrating complex methods of communication and a highly developed social structure. For example, many gull colonies display mobbing behavior, attacking and harassing would-be predators and other intruders. Certain species (e.g. the Herring Gull) have exhibited tool use behavior, using pieces of bread as bait with which to catch goldfish, for example. Many species of gull have learned to coexist successfully with humans and have thrived in human habitats.

Gulls are monogamous…breeders that display mate fidelity that usually lasts for the life of the pair. Divorce of mated pairs does occur, but it apparently has a cost that persists for a number of years after the break up, and is thought to be selected against.

Both sexes incubate the eggs, with incubation bouts lasting between one and four hours during the day and one parent incubating through the night. Incubation lasts between 22 and 26 days…. Young chicks are brooded by their parents for about one or two weeks, and often at least one parent will remain with them until they fledge in order to guard them. Both parents feed the chicks, although early on in the rearing period the male does most of the feeding and the female most of the brooding and guarding.

Resourceful. Intelligent. Monogamous. Mate fidelity. Both parents work hard at feeding the kids.
Kinda puts humans to shame….

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0 responses to “Have you ever seen a baby seagull?

  1. Now that’s not a question I had asked ,even though i love
    watching birds and especially gulls (Richard Bach not withstanding…
    I’d hate too admit to how many times I’ve sat through and read
    Johnathon Livingston Seagull…I like Neil Diamond music , too)
    as they love the water and shore as much as I (insert Coast Guard
    joke here) but i guess I do steer clear of rookeries because of the
    noise/smell/welcome “gifts’ from above….but they are cute little guys.

  2. Thanks! Now that you have pointed them out I realize that though I live at the shore I have never seen baby seagulls. I’ll have to look for them.

  3. Never seen one either.. A friend of mine said they must be flying and then split off into two lol

  4. I have seen baby seagulls. I work at a casino in Atlantic CITY. I watched from the after the eggs were laid to the parents feeding them to the parents teaching them how to fly.

  5. I lived on the U.S. Navy Torpedo Station in Keyport, Washington, across from Seattle. My husband was a Naval Officer and we lived in military housing…..right down the street from our house was Puget Sound….a magical place….
    One very early morning, before dawn, I was outside, during my daily power-walking hour, and I was walking very fast. I rounded a road which was right next to the water….the edge of the grassy bank was like a knee-high cliff and there were long grasses and weeds hanging down from the edge of the small cliff. Right away I saw three adult seagulls moving in zigzag fashion from the water’s edge, straight up the narrow beach area toward the little cliff. I heard hundreds of tiny peeps, and the four gulls were making soft clucking noises as they herded along a group of hundreds of baby seagulls. I was astonished. They were not hurrying, but they kept the babies moving and kept every single baby in the group like a dog herding sheep. They moved en masse toward the little cliff and one of the adults went on ahead and disappeared behind the grasses, followed by the whole herd with the other two adults bringing up the rear. You could hear the peeping sounds and then all of a sudden you couldn’t hear them….they had gone down into hidden tunnels. It was incredible. It was like a baby seagull daycare….I mean nightcare.

    • Wow! What a sight that must have been — hundreds of baby seagulls! Karie, you stumbled on something I bet ornithologists don’t know: Seagulls have communal nurseries for their babies!


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