In Logy Bay, down at the Ocean Sciences Centre, there is a lot of construction work going on. A new research facility is slowly rising between the existing buildings, and workers continue to excavate the cliffs in front of the OSC.
These cliffs used to be home to a large Herring Gull colony. When construction started this spring most of the gulls were still sitting on their nest but they didn’t budge just because of the noise and commotion at just a wing’s length away. It was after their eggs had hatched and the chicks grew up over the course of summer, that most of the gulls left the site in favour of quieter cliffs.
Usually when I drop off Marije in the morning the gulls are on the water, but today they were all sitting down as distant white dots on Red Cliff:
I dare you to count them…
Incidentally, this image also visualises a comment I made earlier this week about fall colours, when I wrote that “on many forested parts of the East Coast Trail the evergreen spruces still dominate the scenery”.