|Black Skimmer Egg|
|Black Skimmer nesting|
|Laughing Gull Chicks|
It appears that some of the gulls stand guard around the edges of the
protected nesting area to warn of intruders. I find this kind of ironic as laughing gulls sometimes sneak up and steal skimmer eggs. We joke that every post has a gull because they do seem to love standing on the signs and posts around the nesting area.
After the egg hatches, gulls clean out their nests to prevent shell pieces from attaching to other eggs, preventing hatching. Seems like we all need to clean house and build a new nest once in awhile!