Coming in to land…

When it is stormy the seagulls head inland. Often the fields are full of them resembling giant white snowdrops as they huddle together. Not my favourite bird; nevertheless I do like to watch them glide in the thermals and execute their aerial ballet before performing their hover landings on a barn roof.

“Oi, mind my head”

Where for the moment, they have displaced most of the corvids.


  1. Caught midflight. Lovely. Especially the one looking up. You’re doing birds well.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have more birds to come… 🙂

  2. restlessjo says:

    I find them quite scary sometimes, Jude, especially the ones in Whitby! 🙂 The Algarve ones are a more docile variety. Lulled by the warmth maybe 🙂 Saturday hugs, hon!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The St Ives ones are pretty ferocious too – have to shield your ice-cream and pasty from them!!

  3. Nice photo of the barn – birds find them such useful structures! I realized for the first time this fall that seagulls migrate when I saw them going through in huge numbers.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The seagulls have been replaced by fieldfares now! Noisy chattering little birds 🙂

  4. Nice capture, Jude! Happy holidays to you!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Cathy, I’m not really bothered about Christmas any more, but I shall make an effort this year as some of the family are coming over. So I suppose that means the dreaded supermarket shop!!

      1. I know what you mean, Jude. I don’t make all that much effort these days, and what effort I make is spread over many days. It took me about 3 days to decorate my tree, because I lost patience after a while! Oh yes, the dreaded supermarket shop! Ugh. I have to say I kind of enjoyed living abroad during the holidays. I never had to do anything! Have fun with your family. 🙂

  5. Great photo, Jude. Seagulls are fun to watch but not if they’re trying to steal your lunch.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Exactly! We drew attention last week when attempting to have a spot of lunch on the hoof. We sheltered under a shop awning until we had finished!

      1. Good move! They are very greedy creatures.

  6. beetleypete says:

    When I used to see them in London, they were vicious! They killed pigeons, and even attacked people, for no apparent reason. But when you see a single large gull, resting on a beachfront perch, you realise what powerful and intimidating birds they can be.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are magnificent birds, but as you rightly say, vicious! Fortunately they stay away from the garden other than to release their droppings on my car and Velux windows 😦

  7. Sue Slaght says:

    Great capture of the barn and the apparent bird convention that was called there. 🙂 Have a great weekend Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You too Sue!

  8. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’m not keen on the big ones, but you have to hand it to them, they’re real survivors!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They keep away from the garden fortunately though the car can suffer. But the ones in St Ives are greedy b’stards. You have to watch out for them if you buy an ice-cream or a pasty.

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