Originally posted by Gradius Maximus
You're just being silly right?
Have you never been to a dump?
5000 seagulls eating at the buffet and flying nearby to roost?
Come on now - Birds of a feather - Flock together.
Was about to say about dumps/tips, very true, every dump/tip has Gulls.
Originally posted by Thorlongus
I have seen many seagulls fly together numerous times.. Its nothing new, I have also seen seagulls eating cherries ravenously off a cherry tree.
These are normal behaviors. At least where I live.
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Every body of inland water will have Gulls at times, which usually come inland with rain bearing clouds, hence an old saying when gulls are inland,
"Gulls are bringing the rain in." and they have far ranges comparable with any migratory bird.
Gulls are not insectivorous, not at all, sorry, (unless ingesting insects coincidentally to scraps they are eating, maggots or stubborn flies on food
I too have heard Gulls at night or early hours of the morning and i think if you were able to be near them when they began their late night/early
morning cries, you'd find it's simply because they were disturbed by somebody or some thing, i live nearby the river Thames equidistant to Chelsea and
Chiswick, i can practically spit in the river were i to stand on the roof, the A, 4 motorway which parallels the river for quite a distance locally
and engines can spark up late night/early morning Gull cries, trigger the fight or flight responses from their roosting, as too, when night clubs
empty etc and couples or small groups move around the quieter areas they will disturb birds, etc, among them, Gulls pipe up sometimes.
Gulls are opportunist feeders, it's very likely Gulls have gone for Date Palm seeds throughout time, just takes one to suss out they are edible, eat a
fallen seed or whatever and being fairly intelligent birds they will realise the seeds on the trees are same as ones on the floor below the tree, then
the flock will follow suit, just first time you've observed it.
Here in the UK around coastal areas and even inland, they will actually dive bomb old people and kids who are eating, attack groups sat outside Bistro
cafes even, scare the hell out of people so they leave the food, then Gulls hoover up the abandoned food.
When it comes to Gulls and feeding habits, nothing surprises me and if peeps go to ornithological themed forums and post there, you'd find many will
have that same view, Gulls used to frequenting our developed areas have developed some pretty strange and sometimes antisocial feeding behaviours all
on their own because we provide opportunities for them and they Will exploit any opportunity we present.
I read nothing strange regards Gulls here, all their normal behavioural patterns.
Just check out bird watcher forums and interest websites regards Gulls and you'll realise the same.
And has nobody heard of the music band "Flock of Seagulls"?
I like Gulls actually, annoys me when i hear kids and old folks being attacked by Gulls for their sandwiches etc but there's no malice in them, we
just give them opportunity and they take it.
Old myth ye may be interested in, sailors used to believe Gulls are born with the souls of dead fellow sailors or dead comrades possessed the birds to
stay with shipmates on their journeys etc, this is thought to have arisen because Gulls follow boats and ships so the romantic notion of dead fellow
sailors returning in Gull form and keeping close to their shipmates became common belief, but again, they know humans = food scraps, all it was/is.
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