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Seagull, squirrel, pigeon, rat

Multiple choice question coming up.

Which do you prefer?
A. Seagull
B. Squirrel
C. Rat
D. Pigeon

Let me guess? Squirrel, right?

On a visit to the UK we went down to the seashore and within a few moments I saw a pigeon, a squirrel and a rat.

But no photos were possible at all.
Shortly after that I saw this.


This fella may have been behaving in a way we don’t approve of but his tenacity was impressive.


This tasty morsel was the first reward he was successful in getting hold of.


He persevered for quite a time. And meanwhile I got to thinking.

The seagull was committed to stealing that rubbish, yet we’ve thrown it away.

The seagull is the ‘perceived’ nuisance. A coastal ‘flying rat’ causing a mess, disturbing the rubbish, tearing the sacks, strewing debris all over the place.

Dirty Seagull!

Yet the bird didn’t put the rubbish there in the first place. It was on top of a large communal bin; not inside it where the seagull would not have found it.

So why do we so often become agitated by animals that follow our municipal waste so negatively?

Shouldn’t we be frustrated by the creation of the waste in the first place?

We spend so much time creating waste. Waste food in particularly. Apparently up to forty percent of the food we buy ends up in on the bin.

The poor bird has a much criticised scavenging instinct, similarly so does the rat, the pigeon…. and the squirrel. Yet their behaviour, which is viewed so negatively by us, was stimulated by our habits in the first place.

Funnily enough, the squirrel, let’s face it, wouldn’t get the same reaction as the rat or the seagull or say a pigeon. Yet it’s still a scavenger. The one I saw was attracted by nuts left out for the birds.

Funny that, we feed the birds. Oh yes, but really only the cute ones. The ones we don’t want to loose. But then there’s the crows, the pigeons, the jackdaws, the magpies…. The seagulls!


And the scavengers eat our mess. Then they multiply, then they become a nuisance, that interferes with the city, the city will attempt to poison them or shoot them or reduce their numbers in other ways.

Why not just reduce the waste? just saying.

So the message for seagulls*: please don’t eat the food we leave out as rubbish. For other food only eat the stuff that the cute birds have finished with.

*For seagulls please feel free to substitute pigeons or rats, but not cute squirrels!

NaBloPoMo 5/30


10 comments on “Seagull, squirrel, pigeon, rat

  1. Ellen Hawley
    November 5, 2014

    You make good points.

    I live about a mile from the coast, so the seagulls get in our neighbors’ garbage pretty regularly. We solved the problem by putting ours out in a garbage can. Not to sound like a know-it-all or anything, ahem. Part of what gets people exercised is that the garbage ends up strewn all over the place and they have to pick it up, although I’ve never been sure the foxes aren’t helping out there.

    Personally, I love seagulls. Rats give me the creeps, though.

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    • lizard100
      November 5, 2014

      This bag was on the top of a bin. Crazy. Also that the mess could be prevented if people had more sense than birds. Rats make great pets though.


  2. disappearingwoman
    November 5, 2014

    I actually love seagulls. Maybe it’s because I live in the mountains and don’t have the advantage of seeing them on a daily basis. I’m never annoyed by any animal. They all have their place in whatever ecosystem they belong to. Scavengers are the clean up crew. It’s their natural instinct to get into the garbage that we created. It’s up to us to create less garbage or devise a way for them to not get into it.
    Great post! 🙂

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  3. dalg
    November 5, 2014

    I’d have to go with rat. I used to keep rats, and think they’re amazing animals. The squirrel would come a close second though

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  4. mylatinnotebook
    November 5, 2014

    Loving the defence of those pesky, not so cute, animals!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. lizard100
    November 5, 2014

    Squirrel =rat with fluffy tail. It’s funny how we judge these creatures. The man of the house used to keep rats too.


  6. Kim in Fiji
    November 10, 2014

    I AGREE with not blaming the animals for the messes that we are behind. (and I also love squirrels. On another note – I’m planning to talk my friend who actually cooks with tamarind to get a good tamarind recipe for you. I’ll just put it in one of my blogs soon – and it will be for you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      November 13, 2014

      Thanks very much. I hope you find the recipe. I’d really appreciate it.


  7. Rambling Woods
    November 11, 2014

    Well said!

    Liked by 1 person

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