Scoil Réalt na Mara is a GREEN SCHOOL and a  WELCOMING school but this beats all!

A Seagull has taken up residence on the Junior Infants’ roof!

Some photos taken by S.F.

 

SOME SEAGULL FACTS

What time of the year do seagulls nest?

Breeding starts in late March and April and nest-building begins in early May. Urban birds build nests that they will use year after year. Eggs are laid from the beginning of May and a clutch usually consists of three eggs.

What is the life expectancy of a seagull?

Young birds live in nursery flocks where they learn all skill required for independent life. Lifespan of seagulls depends on the species. Most seagulls can survive from 10 to 15 years in the wild.

Why do you never see baby seagulls?

Baby seagulls (and other baby birds, for that matter) are in the nest until they can fly; which is when you see them on the beach as adults. … The reason you never see baby seagulls at the beach is because if we can see them then predators can see them too and they won’t last long.

How long does it take for a seagull to fly?

Small chicks will die if they are not returned, but the larger chicks will be protected by their parents and fed on the ground. The chicks generally fledge in August and then take about three years to reach maturity when they in turn will start to breed. The life expectancy for gulls can be up to 20 years.