Later the sun comes out and the first tortoiseshell butterfly visit the bramble flowers just outside of our garden wall.
As I stood there watch a fox came slinking along our side wall carrying something big and brown in its jaws. The second missing chick? It was too dark to tell. The chick may have fallen in the strong wind and rain over night and this morning.
There had not been any calling (and the chick had previously been very vocal) or any distress calls before the fox appeared so I am guessing that if it was the chick it was already dead. I followed the fox around the side of the house and by the time I reached the front garden the fox was already well down the track.
The fox turned and looked at me before disappearing into a garden on the left where I had suspected before that there may be a den.
What ever the cause, the herring gull nest appeared to be empty