Loitering with Intent

I showed you a photograph last week and asked you to guess what this cheeky seagull, or Herring Gull, was up to.

Seagull, Herring Gull through glass with rain

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!


  1. that seagulls can be sneaky… they lured next to the fish booth of Heligoland and waited till my grampy got his fish sandwich, then they came down like the berds of Mr. Hitchcock and grabbed his food… well, that’s a kind of going fishing too, right? or maybe they were the pets of the fish monger who increased his sales that way?

    • They can be quite scary which makes them very good at mugging people for food!
      Your grampy needed you with him for protection. You could have stopped the seagulls and taken the sandwich!

  2. That seagull is as round as a softball! He needs to be on treat restriction! That happens to me sometimes when I start looking like a meatloaf with legs, apparently.

    Love and licks,
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    • Yes, it would do him good to stick to healthier food for a while instead of scrounging!
      I can’t imagine you looking like a meatloaf, Cupcake, they’re always telling me I mustn’t have too much cheese – as though that’s even possible!

  3. The seagulls in UK resorts are becoming more and more like thugs – you can’t walk down a pier with an ice-cream of chips without having the fight the rotters off! Glad you were kept safe during supper 😉
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    • Yes, they can be quite intimidating! Their behaviour has changed over the last few decades.
      I’m glad the bipeds made sure I could relax while I was eating – it’s nice of them to return the favour!

  4. Seagulls can be mean and they have no problem stealing!
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  5. “Go fishing” made me laugh. Seems a few bipeds before ya’ll probably catered to the tapping and fed them. They’ll never forget it. And who knows what they get fed. Go fishing = best advice.
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    • I’m sure he’d be far healthier if he took the advice to “go fishing”. They are natural scavengers but they’re encouraged by humans to eat all the wrong things.

  6. hahaha!! Silly seagull! I figured he was up to no good!
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  7. Beware the seagulls!

  8. How rude that gull tried to interrupt your dinner, Clowie!
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  9. Obviously some previous residents of your room feed him nicely. He was wondering where they were and what you did to them!

  10. Something for my guys to chase!
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  11. Oh, I don’t know Clowie… Momma was once told that to see one bird alone means something special is going to happen soon…a message – sort of speak. It is pretty neat to see a bird be so demanding… love it!

  12. It’ a good job you were there to protect them!

  13. Seagulls are always up for a lazy meal. And they’re really dumb.

    Today, I was dropping some leaves that had blown aboard into the water and the gulls came running thinking I was dropping food.
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  14. Wow, those seagulls are a nervy bunch, aren’t they? Or are they just lazy? It sounds like they are probably both! At least they provided you with a little entertainment and some blog fodder as well. 🙂
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  15. Seagulls are characters. And very efficient at scrounging food
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    I heard they can get quite annoying if they want something. And can become angry and even start screaming when their favorite subject is close and you take it further away. I’m glad you were there to protect your bipeds, Clowie.

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