Little gull chicks take flight at Loch of Strathbeg

Little gulls in flight
Little gulls in flight

The two little gull chicks which made history earlier this month at the Loch of Strathbeg have taken flight for the first time.

The little gull chicks were the first of their kind ever to hatch in Britain at the beginning of July while their parents were the first little gulls to ever nest in Scotland.

Now it’s another first for the Loch of Strathbeg as the two chicks take flight.

Richard Humpidge, RSPB Scotland Sites Manager, said: “We are delighted that they have taken to the air for the first time.

“It was exciting to have the first little gulls ever proven to hatch in Britain on the reserve, but seeing one take flight for the first time is really special.

“I’m sure their choice to make their home on the tern island has helped and we are thrilled that the terns seem to have had a good year too.”

Before now the young birds had spent all of their time around the nest in deep vegetation and only the adult birds could be seen.

But now with feathers replacing their original down the pair have become the first two little gulls to fledge in Britain.

The little gulls will now be able to be seen flying around loch of Strathbeg and building up strength and improving their flying technique.

The visitor centre at loch of Strathbeg has also reopened following renovation work to provide new toilets and a new viewing window with feeders.