I showed you a photograph last week and asked you to guess what this cheeky seagull, or Herring Gull, was up to.
The first guess was from Animalcouriers, and the guess was very close to the truth. A number of you guessed that this seagull was on the scrounge and up to no good at all!
The photograph was taken soon after we arrived at a hotel in Scarborough, where we spent a few days during our travels. There was a ledge outside our window and we soon spotted a seagull peering in at us. The bipeds found a camera and approached the window slowly and quietly to get a picture, even though the window was covered in rain. The seagull flew away soon afterwards.
When the seagull came back later the bipeds didn’t notice him – not until he tapped on the glass to get their attention! That’s when they first suspected he was on the scrounge and they needn’t have worried about scaring him when they were taking a photograph. He watched us for a while and then went away.
The next day when he visited us, I was having my evening meal. The seagull tapped on the glass. The bipeds took no notice. The seagull kept tapping. The female biped drew the curtain, so that the seagull couldn’t see in. That made him very cross! He banged on the window much harder and he squawked really loudly.
The male biped said, “I’m glad that window isn’t open far enough for him to get in!”
The seagull kept the noise up for at least five minutes. The bipeds didn’t open the curtains again until I’d finished eating. The next morning when the seagull came and tapped on the window, the female biped told him that he should go fishing.
The male biped laughed and said, “I think his idea of fishing is to loiter outside the fish and chip shop and mug someone who has just bought fish and chips!”
I think the male biped was right because I did see some other seagulls doing exactly that! Some even came very close to my bipeds when they were relaxing on a bench enjoying some chips. I kept a close eye on those gulls. It should have been obvious, even to a gull, that if my bipeds were going to give any food away it would be to me!
See you soon!