G is for… Gull

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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!):

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A Venetian seagull enjoying supper

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

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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 thoughts on “G is for… Gull

  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

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  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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