I am about ready to kill them

07 Jul


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”



Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


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14 responses to “I am about ready to kill them

  1. Bushka

    July 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    :)) We have ssome of those down here on the south coast, as well…..The whole tribe ‘joins in’ if a little one is seen to be threatened….What a NOISE! Better a Grudge than a Gun…….Hugs! :)xx


    • amgroves

      July 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      It seems todays rains has dampened them down some what .. either that or they are watching the tennis/gp 🙂


  2. la_spice

    July 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Oops! 😳 I shouldn’t smile but …… 🙂 it’s the way you tell ’em it!


    • amgroves

      July 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      I do get asked some queer things, but “Can you call someone to get some help? She’s got three chicks and she is all on her own you know” is going to be up there with the “How heavy are your heavy horses?”


      • la_spice

        July 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        And just how heavy are your heavy horses?????


      • amgroves

        July 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        Bloody heavy when they stand on your foot!

        They were a number of Shire and Suffolk Punche working horses.


      • la_spice

        July 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

        OUCH!!!! That heavy ……

        When I lived in Reading there was a Shire horse ‘place’ with some lovely horses.


  3. deleted user

    July 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Wittily written, but I’m sure that all that squawking is fraying your nerves which I do sympathise with.
    We’ve had the same situation above the back gardens here for days now, and one of our neighbours was only going into his garden with a bucket on his head !
    My room faces the front so it’s not affected my sleeping, but Leo’s been a bit tetchy lately, I think maybe at least partly due to the seagulls.
    As you say difficult to know what the solution is, and I hope it quietens down there soon.


    • amgroves

      July 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      I imagine Leo is followed by squawking whenever he ventures outside, not a moments peace from the blighters.

      It is curious who they pick on, one resident is targeted but myself and my family never are, they tolerate the postman but mass attacked the fedex courier, lol.


      • deleted user

        July 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

        Very curious indeed ! Yes I’m sure that did happen to Leo. The Southwoldian Seagulls seem to have quietened down somewhat – I hope that the Gt. Yarmouth contingement of them have too !


      • amgroves

        July 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

        Still rather noisey. Three of the gulls are on the ground, they are the size of the parents but not yet fully feathered. think they are the unruly teenage stage, lol.


  4. deleted user

    July 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    If you are finding them a pest then I am sure you can use things like spikes, netting, scarers


    • amgroves

      July 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks Silver, we did have spikes put up the gully where they originally nested but that just pushed them further up the roof to where the differing roof levels reach and there is a ledge, the gulls have craftily padded an area against the last of the spikes to hold the nest secure and roost away, lol.

      Across our back fence is a small industrial estate and there they erected a large wooden owl, so many times I have seen the gull perched beside it looking as if they’re passing the time of day.

      I am sure they weren’t this much trouble in the dark distant days of my youth.


  5. Mother Goose

    July 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Where I live there a many geese who leave large green poops all over. These droppings are a real delicacy for dogs. They eat and roll in them. Once a year a truck comes to collect some geese. The man claims to be relocating them but I was told they were really being gassed!



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