I looked for a photo challenge to share my seagull pictures but came up short – I decided to share them anyway.
Seagulls, like crows, get no respect. I like them, but then I like crows too.
According to Wikipedia, “Gulls are resourceful, inquisitive, and intelligent, the larger species in particular, demonstrating complex methods of communication and a highly developed social structure. For example, many gull colonies display mobbing behavior, attacking and harassing predators and other intruders.”
Clearly I wouldn’t mess with this one; he brought along his bodyguards. 😉
“Certain species have exhibited tool-use behavior, such as the herring gull, using pieces of bread as bait with which to catch goldfish, for example.”
I found this one foraging for mussels and clams on Whidbey Island.
Though seagulls are fun to watch in their natural setting, they will pester you in the city, demanding that you share your lunch. They stoically wait nearby, watching for any sign of weakness, hoping you will toss them a fry.
If you relent you will be surrounded by others demanding their share.
That’s it for seagulls.