Seagulls: Love 'em or hate 'em?

Seagulls: Love 'em or hate 'em?

Before I go on to that subject, what another lovely day it was yesterday, I love to see the sunshine it always makes me feel good I don’t know about you. It was another lovely end to the day too, with one of our famous sunsets –

Sunset at Cleveleys

As we’re having a few days off next week for Easter I can just about guarantee that the weather will be poor, as every time we mention having time off it rains, freezes or is enough to blow you away so why would our next few days be any different and no, I’m not being pessimistic.

While I’m mentioning Easter, have you seen the news about Easter eggs in general and the fact that the word ‘Easter’ is no longer on most of the packaging? What’s all that about, I wondered when I saw it. It seems that nine out of ten Easter eggs no longer have any reference to Easter on their packaging with 70 million being sold this year with no mention of it on the boxes. A few of the big names have not mentioned this obvious fact, while Cadbury’s said that their mini egg pack, before known as an Easter egg trail pack, is now known as Egg hunt pack!

At the end of the day, Easter is a festival about Jesus who rose at Easter, and helps tell the story of the resurrection at Easter so why leave the message off the packets. It’s a bit like saying ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Happy Christmas’ don’t you think. I personally think the world has gone mad with all these daft rules about religion and one thing and another, why can’t we just celebrate all these occasions as we’ve always done, why on earth should we change our traditions? I must be missing something I think!

Menace of the Gulls?

Now I’ll go onto the ‘hot potato’ of seagulls which seems to be on a lot of people’s minds. I suppose I will upset the apple cart too, because as I’ve said before, it is their habitat and we are the intruders really.

After reading the article in the paper on Wednesday titled ‘Menace of the Gulls’ about two or three people being bitten by the gulls who were after their food and how biased I thought the article was, I thought I would stick my two ‘pennorth in and say what I think. Even though I have commented before on the subject.

Menace of the Gulls

Yes it is awful when one swoops down on you and hurts you, for which I feel for the people involved, but doesn’t a little part of you think that maybe we as humans cause a lot of the problem with our habits?

Menace of Gulls

I read with interest a letter from a lady who was commenting on the seed being sold for 50p in Stanley Park to feed the ducks and birds on the lake. She suggests that maybe similar bags could be sold on the prom and not fine people £100 for throwing them a chip!

When we humans are throwing scraps down for them to eat, it’s like training a dog and the gulls will see a tasty bit of sausage roll that maybe it’s had before and think they’d like some more. We are training them to eat our left overs that people happily throw down for them, and then they get a bad name for trying to get what they have been trained to expect, don’t you think.

Also, we are coming into baby-breeding season so they are currently fattening up and eating more to get ready for laying eggs and brooding them.

Seagulls nest

When the chicks hatch and then fledge, like you or me, if we saw a dog potentially spelling danger for our baby we would make the dog go away which is exactly what the gulls do with us humans.

If you are near a baby or a nest and they sense danger they will make what is a risk to their chicks go away, even if it means swooping on us mortals! Really you can’t blame them when we would do the same if threatened with danger.

Street Sweepers

Another positive point is that they are cleaning the streets for us after all the mounds of rubbish, a lot containing left over bits of food, is strewn all over the streets. When we toss a food wrapper down they are hungry just as we get and will naturally swoop onto the dropped food which I find to be an awful thing to do, I mean throwing food away and not putting it in a litter bin, so they do help to clean our streets which we humans are quite happy to make a mess of.

I love to hear the gulls squawking it seems to be part of the seaside feeling, even though I have lived here a long time it always makes me feel as though I’m on holiday. In spite of having gulls all around us none of us have ever been attacked.

On Saturday afternoon when we had a walk on the prom, we saw a beautiful dead gull placed by a litter bin and it looked as though it had been shot through the head. This upset Jane and I as gulls have a partner for life and maybe someone has killed someone’s partner just as the breeding season is getting under way. I wonder if it would be OK to shoot people that we don’t like if it is OK to shoot gulls? I think not somehow don’t you?

So for me, leave the gulls alone. The answer is to stop throwing rubbish on the floor and put it in a bin. Don’t leave sacks of rubbish outside overnight when you know they will explore what you’ve left out. Especially food rubbish which makes people become targets. Don’t train them to eat our leftovers and that would make a big difference to the problem.

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