Cornwall birds: juvenile Herring Gull in Falmouth harbour

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Some people will be relieved to see the juvenile Herring Gulls fledged, happy in the knowledge that it won’t be long before the protective parents will stop their dive-bombing attacks.

This young Herring Gull, still showing some downy fluff around its head and undeveloped flight feathers, was standing on the foreshore for most of the day fending off the unwanted attention of a family of crows.

Insight into Herring Gull (Larus argentatus): up to 4 eggs are laid that hatch some 30 days later. It takes another 35 to 40 days before the juvenile gull can fly. The young birds continue to be fed by the parents until they are 12 weeks old.

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