Photo: Fuzzy Western Gull chicks

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Western Gulls

credit: Rick Derevan

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“When I first started looking at this rock, the chicks were hidden on the far side,” writes photographer Rick Derevan. “What caught my attention was the squabble between the two adult gulls. I believe the squabble was the gull parent telling the other gull it was too close to its chicks and to scram.”

Western Gulls scrape nests into the ground, and then fill the indentation with feathers, vegetation and sometimes plastic or rope. According to All About Birds, female gulls may share a nest and both look after their collective brood.

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