Two chicks out the back this year. The recent storms have been unfortunate for the chicks of all birds this year. With the drops in temperature and lack of flying insects due to the rain our birds are suffering. These Herring Gulls didn't make it through the weather which is a shame as they are on the RSPB Red list (most of the kids who visit on hols and have their ice-creams and sausage rolls nicked will not be too sad). Lots more on the roof though and the other roofs of the town.
Two chicks before the bad weather.
Only one survived the downpour despite the Mum sheltering them all the way through.
Yesterday both had succumbed. Just a forlorn Mum guarding the nest now. The weather today has been the worst of all. Many more must have died as a result. Life is hard in the wild. Many will make it though.