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Gay Seagull Pair Line Nest with Sequins in Fabulous Brighton Discovery

April 1, 2024

Gay Seagull Pair Line Nest with Sequins in Fabulous Brighton Discovery

BRIGHTON, UK – In a delightfully camp twist of nature, researchers at the University of Sussex have documented the first known case of a same-sex seagull couple going to dazzling lengths to feather their love nest. The two male gulls, nicknamed “Julian” and “Sandy” by observers, were spotted lining their home with an unexpected material – hundreds of shimmering sequins plucked from the streets following Brighton’s iconic Pride parade.

“This is a remarkable new behavior that truly embodies the flair and fabulousness of Brighton’s LGBTQ community,” said Dr. Ree Fulgent, an avian ecologist who has been monitoring Julian and Sandy’s unique domestic choices. “Homosexual bonding and co-parenting are fairly common in gulls, but this pair have taken things to a whole new level of bona glitz.”

Indeed, the two birds have created a nest that would put Doctor Dre to shame. Sunlight reflecting off the densely sequined lining creates a dazzling, discoball-like effect, which scientists hypothesize could be a flamboyant form of mate attraction or intimidating displays of territoriality.

“When another gull flies too close, the nest literally seems to radiate in-your-face fierceness,” described Dr. Fulgent. “It’s by far the most glamorously ‘extra’ avian domicile we’ve ever encountered in urban behavioral studies.”

Researchers note that the sequin supply seems plentiful in the days following the city’s annual Pride festivities, when the eccentric gulls have been spotted waddling down streets strewn with glittering debris from fabulous parade outfits and costumes. The magpie-like collection of the shiny objects has earmarked this couple as trendsetters in avian nest couture.

“It’s quite genius, really,” said Dr. Fulgent. “The reflective sequins may even help regulate nest temperature and serve as camo from predators. An unexpected survival benefit of extravagance!”

While gulls typically gather random bits of debris like twigs, paper and string, this is believed to be the first case of birds specifically “sourcing” sequins from the same area year after year to accent their nests. Researchers plan to continue observing and documenting the domestic flair of “Brighton’s Brightest,” who have quickly become the biggest seagull celebrities since Fabio got whacked in the face on that roller coaster.