For the last few weeks we’ve been seeing many baby birds, as the breeding season comes to ‘fruition’. It brings with it certain dangers for humans, mainly in the form of very ‘protective’ seagulls which ‘bomb’ you if you get too close to their chicks, especially if they are on the ground. After a while you learn to distinguish their warning calls and to keep a look out for and avoid their babies.
A favourite nesting site for the gulls seems to be on top of street lights. During the arctic summer it’s probably a very good choice, but last week the sun set for the first time and the street lights started to come back on, so the unfortunate pair pictured below, nesting very late in the season, are probably trying to hatch a cooked egg, as the lights get very hot when they come on!