I know of one mom who definitely won't be sad to find an empty nest....and soon, she hopes! All summer I've been watching a mama gull with her big loud demanding baby! You may remember him from his King of the Hill sandcastle pix earlier this year.
He had his unappealing brown and grey first year feathers that make him look bigger than his parents...
So the other day I was interested to see that he was trying to fend for himself. Poor little man, I think he is a trifle, um, developmentally challenged? (He is on the right , above. See his treasure?)
|his "find" has been dropped! It is at the horizon lne...|
You may know that gulls search out whole fresh clams at the tide line. They then carry the clam high in the air and drop it, over and over again until the shell shatters and they can eat the fresh clam meat.
Our boy was following directions, trying hard!
Unfortunately his "clam" was a bright green tennis ball!
He'd fly it up high in the air. Make the drop...and it would bounce!
|see the tennis ball? It is in the water to the left of his pointing wing|
He did it over and over again, maybe fifty times while I watched.
|she's vigilant. And a bit embarrassed?|
|our boy is in the top right corner...|
He ended up way down the beach, still with his prize---and pride---intact.
He's taking his bows! He hears the applause!
Hope his mom gave him some dinner!
....gone to the beach