Softball resumes in St. Anthony
Eggs go missing, nest destroyed overnight Wednesday
The St. Anthony softball field is back in action, after a weeklong hiatus caused by a seagull nest full of eggs.
The nest, which was built sometime last week, needed a permit to be removed. Seagulls are a protected species, and nests cannot be moved without approval.
The town’s recreation director Scott Coish confirmed the nest had been moved.
“The plan was to move it up near the trees,” Coish said, noting that children do play around the area and he wanted to keep the eggs, but more importantly the kids, safe.
After the permit was approved Wednesday, the nest was moved the allowable 10 metres. When the town workers returned the next day to move it another 10 metres, the eggs were gone and the nest had been destroyed.
The town had to file paper- work and go through the proper protocols to get the permit, and Coish said it was unfortunately that the nest could not be properly relocated. He suspects it was some kind of predator, like a fox or coyote.
Now that the eggs and nest are no longer present, the local softball league will continue next week, and an annual kickoff tournament will go ahead this weekend.
Although the nest is gone, a seagull appears to have made its way back onto the field, in the same spot the nest had been previously. It was squawking for an extended period of time Friday morning, but so far it does not appear a nest is being rebuilt.
Coish hopes it doesn’t rebuild the nest on the field, noting they’ll have to go through the entire application process again for a permit to remove the nest.
The St. Anthony softball field still has a seagull wandering about, but the nest that halted the league has been removed.