Over the past few months Beth and I have been watching the Gulls that
chose the island just outside the Port at IJmuiden as a breeding
ground for their young.
We have seen them nesting and then in mid June we spotted the first
lot of chicks hatch and start to gradually explore the island never
going too far from their parent, as the season went on more and more
chicks hatched and with this came the noise of the young chirping at
their mums and dads to feed them, I even saw one getting fed – it is
always an interesting sight!
As we are now heading on to half way through July and the young gulls
have been on a high protein diet of fresh fish, they are big now and
starting to stretch their wings ready to take flight and head out on
Some of them have already done this and headed down to the lower areas
of the island ready to make their own journey without their parents.
Young gulls tend to ‘hangout’ in groups until they reach maturity.