On gulls

Down to the river
To count a few gulls
Overhead to roost
Resting in hulls
– broken by time and washed out by the tide

They come through in groups
Hundreds and ten
Some smaller, you see?
Helps identify them
– second year birds will show grey 

A female in moult
Her offspring in tow
Calling to siblings
As seaward they go
– passing daily at sunset for years

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