Have you ever seen a baby seagull?

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:
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And here’s what they look like up close:
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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….
~Eowyn

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dan
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dan

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgkk0Hdwmo8

hrmfc
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hrmfc

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.

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

marcia
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marcia

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.

Karie
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Karie

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… Read more »