Nest visits, Aug 23rd & 27th

- 3 mins read

Series: Nesting Gulls

Filtered through the wildfire smoke, the morning sunlight took on the colour of apricots. The air was heavy with humidity and the heat already pressed down on the city and those of us walking the barren concrete spaces where pedestrians are an afterthought.

Almost all the nests I’ve been watching since late June are empty. It’s strange seeing these rooftops with only scraps of nest material remaining. How far removed we are from the nomadic origins of our species. How difficult to imagine our homes as temporary spaces, to travel and survive without our countless possessions, to leave so little trace of our existence.

Chimney nest

Chimney nest

Chimney nest

I found the chicks from Chimney nest on the awning/overhang where they have taken up residence since leaving the chimney platform.

Aug 18th & Aug 20th nest visits

- 6 mins read

Series: Nesting Gulls

I made it out to check nests on both Aug 18th and Aug 20th and have a considerable amount to catch up on in this post.

I’ll warn you in advance that it’s been a challenging time – many of the fledglings are now leaving the nests, some more prepared than others, some luckier than others.

Rainbow nest fledgling (?)

Rainbow nest fledgling (?)

Rainbow nest fledgling (?)

Aug 16th: life and death

- 4 mins read

Series: Nesting Gulls

I started my visit at the south end of the Burrard Street bridge, passing by the Clipper nests. As on my previous visit, I was able to count five fledglings scattered around the rooftop, most of them still sleeping and one or two lazily wandering around, occasionally testing out their wings.

Burrard nest #4

Crossing the bridge, I checked on the chicks in the Burrard nests, and all were accounted for. Passing the midway point, I noticed a young gull standing on top of the rooftop between bridge towers. Given that all the other chicks were accounted for, this is probably the chick from Burrard nest #4.

Burrard nest #4

Burrard nest #4

Aug 13th: small miracles

- 4 mins read

Series: Nesting Gulls

Fledglings at the Clipper nests

The morning started with an exhilarating sight: fledglings at the Clipper nest stretching their wings, taking short flights across the rooftop – and then climbing in the air, grasping the wind, and widely circling the building. Their flight is still unsure, like a child who’s only just figured out how to ride a bicycle.

How astounding to witness these birds leave their infancy of gravel and cinder blocks. Taking wing, their entire perspective metamorphasizes, suddenly unbound from the plane of a rooftop.

Fledglings at the Clipper nests

Fledglings at the Clipper nests