Its baby sea gull season at the La Jolla Cove. Tiny fluff balls of polka-dotted down with gigantic feet & a joy for life that is just sheer delight to see.
These little chicks are starting to get flight feathers, but they still have polka-dotted heads and fluffy down.
I can spend hours down here just going from nest to nest to see what the chicks are all up to. It was funny that this little guy liked picking up sticks & walking around with them.
I can see here that the chicks feet are already starting to turn from camoflauge gray to adult pink. By the time they fledge their feet will be fully pink, but they will retain their brown feathers for the first year and will only get adult white & gray feather coloring after that. They will also get a red dot on their beaks.
Check out the size of this stick! A real worker bird. Maybe a female who will build a nest?
On the other hand, this little birdie could be a male because males help to build nests and raise the chicks. So darling! I love that the parents raise the chicks together. It touches my heart a lot.
It’s hard to walk away from these cuties who are only a few weeks away from being as large as their adult parents & will be flying everywhere. Only their brown feathers & the “Peep, peep, peep” bird song will belie that they are really still youngsters.
I never had the opportunity to see baby sea gulls newly hatched until a few years ago. I had no idea that I would fall in love with these little baby birds who become really big sea gulls who laugh & cackle at me all the time & act like mischievous Jokers. They can laugh at me, play tricks on me or swoop down at me all they want. I still adore them.
NATURE & BOTANICAL ART JOURNAL 2014