Category Archives: Seagulls

HARBOR SEAL PUP GOES FOR A SWIM & A RIDE ON MOM’S BACK!

One of the newest Harbor seal pups was being annoyed by a sea gull who thought pecking the pup’s tail might somehow be a meal.  The Harbor seal mom chased the gull away several times & then decided it was time to take her pup for a swim.  The pesky gull followed the pup right to the edge of the water.  The pup climbed onto mom’s back & off they swam!

PORTRAIT OF A GULL (WITH HARBOR SEALS)!

SEA GULLS ALWAYS STAND ON THE WALL ABOVE THE HARBOR SEALS – They hope for handouts, but often just spend time watching me watching them!  

POLKA-DOTTED SEA GULL CHICKS ARRIVE IN LA JOLLA!

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POLKA-DOTTED SEA GULL CHICKS ARRIVE!  La Jolla has become a breeding site now for the California Western Gulls.  I counted more than 30 seagull nests from the La Jolla Cove to South Casa Beach this June.  It is a rare treat to be able to see the sea gull chicks with their polka-dotted feathers and their huge feet.  It takes only a week before they start jumping up & down & flapping their wings as if to say “I can’t wait to fly!”  Both parents take care of the sea gull chicks so it is a real family environment.  The seagull parents must protect their chicks from marauding gulls who will try to steal the fish & tuna crabs that they regurgitate for their chicks to eat.  Continue reading