Where I live is two buildings of flats with pitched tiled roofs, and for the past ten years two pairs of seagulls have found a nook to nest upon. Each year the two nests produce three chicks and when these little grey balls of fluff strut about the slippery tiles, with the glories of our weather, it is inevitable that one or two of them will end up on the ground. Thus begins the problems of protective parents and human beings trying to get on with their daily lives.
We have two fledglings on the ground, meandering along the foot paths, squatting in the gardens and pitting their wits against the cars in and out the car park. A neighbour called the RSPCA who came and visited but as the chicks were the age they were and that the parent were now not feeding them, trying to get them to fledge they would not take them. So these grey balls with the odd white feather are causing a raucous through out the day and the night.
Every time a car, van or person appears a cacophony of squawking and screeching builds and builds and parent tries to protect chick and neighbouring family groups join in to protect their own and make known their presence. The low flying, swooping down and general badgering of certain individuals [not the Postman nor the window cleaner strangely] is a viewing spectacle and also a nuisance.
As secretary for the Residents/owners, yes I have been asked what can I do to help the poor little single parent seagull with her chicks [what am I, seagull social services??].
Apparently these gulls are either on or there are moves for them to be placed on the endangered species list. Well here we’ve done our best to improve population numbers as in the past ten years, with six chicks a year, that is another sixty gulls flying about. The neighbouring streets also have more and more nests and there is regular bickering as each stray into the others territory. The newspaper report streets being besieged by armies of gulls, streets where postmen will not deliver.
They should be flying off soon, but I am not convinced that that soon is going to be soon enough for me.
All I know right now is that there is not an hour of the day when something isn’t making a noise.
“I am only holding a grudge because I cannot hold a gun”