Nature is Home: the joys and pleasures of birdwatching

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

A little while ago, I wrote about the return of a pair of black-backed gulls to the roof-tops opposite our apartment. Since then, we have been keeping a keen eye on proceedings and I am delighted to be able to provide an update (click on any image for a closer look).

To give some context, you can see in the photo below our vantage point across to the gulls’ nest, which has been built in front of the third chimney pot to the right of the gull in the centre of the picture:


Hub is the ‘proper’ photographer in our house and has been magnificently putting up with my nagging gentle encouragement to take some pictures of events as they have unfolded. He has produced some crackers. Here is Mum (and/or possibly Dad):


The gulls seemed to spend weeks on the nest, to the point where we were wondering if the embryos had perished. But the gulls of course knew what they were doing.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


One sunny morning, a couple of days a go, we could see a different scene….


Aren’t they gorgeous! But wait, when we looked again…..

THREE chicks – woo hoo!!

Here’s another picture of them already starting to stretch their wings:


The two outer gulls in this next picture came to visit. ‘Our’ two gulls are in the centre. Interestingly, they were not at all bothered by the arrival of these two, whereas they have been chasing off any other gulls which have tried to come near the nest. Could these be relatives saying hello to the new additions to the family?


So that’s us glued to the binoculars now for a while – it’s such a privilege to see nature in action like this.  🙂

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
― Gary Snyder

24 thoughts on “Nature is Home: the joys and pleasures of birdwatching

  1. How privileged you are to have such a view, Liz! Watching the gulls from building the nest through to when the chicks fledge must be a wonderful thing. Do you remember our former colleague Stephen Smith? I remember him once saying that he started his career at the MOD and the biggest excitement of his time there was when a pigeon laid an egg outshine his window. I’m not sure he meant it in quite the enthuse way you do, but clearly these things stay with you!

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    1. Thanks Sandra – yes you are so right about gulls being the baddies of the bird world. Some heart-stopping moments today – only two chicks visible for most of the day until we spotted all three this evening – phew!

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    1. Hi Kelly, thanks so much for this link – I am so pleased you have introduced me to June’s wonderful blog and will look forward to following more of her adventures. 🙂


    1. Hi Becky, I am not the least bit surprised to find that we both associate a love of nature with home. That post is a beauty – thanks for reminding me of it 🙂

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    1. You are so right – and there are as many ups and downs as you get when watching a TV drama – we have only been able to see two chicks for the last couple of days…… 😱😳🐥🐥


    1. They are certainly growing fast, Clare, almost before our eyes. And yes, sadly, we have only been able to spot two chicks for the last couple of days, so I fear that the third has not survived. Perhaps not surprising – they are quite exposed and we have plenty of larger, hunting birds eg owls around despite our urban location.

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      1. Birds do grow at an amazing rate! The geese in our garden are almost the same size as their parents and are growing adult plumage. The parents are moulting, but once they have all grown new feathers and the young have learnt to fly (which is always great fun to watch!) they will be off.

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      2. Not sure if I have mentioned this before, but have you read The Snow Geese by William Feinnes? It really is a magical book & highly recommended.

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