The herring gull that nested on our balcony in St Ives laid three eggs. There was a fracas with neighbouring gulls a couple of days ago and she ended up with only one egg. I wasn’t there to see what happened. The couple staying at the house were kindly feeding her toast under the glass screen. They said that she was not alarmed at them being so close with the glass doors open. They were very sensitive to her condition and kept quiet when they were in the room.

But today they say that they found the last egg broken and no chick in sight. The female is still on the balcony, looking bewildered. I wonder if they will mate again, lay again this season?

On surrounding roofs are many other nests with young chicks.

The herring gull that nested on our balcony

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