Gull chicks are about ready…

The young Western Gulls are coming out of the nests to wander around. The falcons know it. Now and the next few weeks, they are just the right size to kill and carry off. The adult gulls are protective of them, but the falcons will use a technique where one will distract the parent by diving on it. The second falcon close behind grabs a chick in one swoop and carries it off.

Yesterday the south side female was here by herself and made eight passes at two chicks on a bare slope and came up with nothing. All she was able to do was distract the adult gull. Without help she can’t get back fast enough. There will be many more chances.


Photo by Cleve Nash

About Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch

We are a 501(c)3 charitable educational organization. We raise scholarship funds for CalPoly students studying biology. The Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch is here to inform birders, students and all people who are eager to know about these handsome peregrines. We want you to enjoy and be able to use our on-site powerful spotting scopes. We are available to answer your questions about the pair of falcons that have been observed for many years.
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