A message from Shaun Lees, PIPS Director for Saanich:
Just thought I would send pics of the 'first babe of 2012'. (I think he/she hatched last night or early this morning) Not sure if any others are on the way? There are three eggs left with peering gulls waiting close by. Mom keeps going back and forth to the nest and now takes babe with her. She'll sit on the nest for a while then waddle down for a dip with babe in tow.
This process warms the heart and we need to protect it!
All the best,