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A Brighton shop window

The cute knitted seagulls in this Brighton shop window look harmless enough, but the same can’t be said of their real-life cousins.

Smaller birds live, justifiably, in fear (look away now if you’re squeamish!):


A Venetian seagull enjoying supper

If you live near the coast you need special rubbish bags:


Rubbish in Broadstairs

They supposedly spread disease, and they are certainly a nuisance when present in close proximity, whether they are dive-bombing to grab food, or just silently crapping on your head.  Us humans have come up with numerous methods of deterring the creatures – water sprays, owl eyes, sheepdogs (gulldogs?), birds of prey, spikes, electric shock, … –  but when it comes down to it, it is our way of life that attracts them.  Our rubbish and leftover food is their delight.

Despite all that though, I do like to hear the cry of seagulls in the near distance as it generally tells me I’m close to the sea and I do love to be beside the seaside.

Linked to Tagged G, ABC WednesdayWild Bird Wednesday, Saturday CrittersCamera Critters, Alphabe Thursday.

39 replies »

  1. Once we were sitting in the harbour of a small Cornish seaside resort.We were enjoying lunch when suddenly a gull came and grabbed a big part of one’s sandwich! The woman who lost her lunch was not happy.
    Have a great week.
    Wil, ABCW Team


  2. I like Seagulls even though they can be pests. If they are clean looking they are pretty birds. I must admit those ones in the window are fun and way less of a pest then the real thing.


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