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Gulls nesting on roofs – 2022 update

Gulls nesting on roofs – 2022 update
By – 3:53 pm
I spent a little time on a few mornings finding juvenile Western Gulls, still too young to fly, on roofs of houses in Point Loma. My interest was sparked by the adult pair that has now nested four years on my neighbor’s roof, allowing us to watch the process from courting to juvie’s first flight to eventually leaving the area.     In a three-block stretch along Sunset Cliffs Blvd., I found six families — not a surprising location, across the street from the ocean.  Within an area of a few blocks in residential Liberty Station, I found five families; these are roughly a quarter mile from water.  I found three in La Playa, within a block or two of the bay. In almost all cases, I spotted two juvs per family. Judging from behavior of adult gulls on other roofs, I’m sure there are more nesting pairs, but I count only if I see the juvs. My neighbor’s pair are the odd ones – more than half a mile from both the ocean and the bay.     The baby gulls hatch roughly June 1 and they take their first flights in the second or third week of July, so this has become an enjoyable pastime in the summer months while other birding is pretty slow.  :-)======================Sara Baase MayersPoint Loma (San Diego)======================