Date: 9/10/20 8:17 am
From: Bob Archer <rabican1...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Short Article on Gull Behavior
Nothing comes close to this attached article. I recall when this first
came out, by far my favorite small piece in Natural History magazine. From
the legendary Larry Spear:

Bob Archer

On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 3:02 AM larspernorgren <larspernorgren...>

> This is a case of quantifying something that may already be known/
> suspected on the basis of anecdotal evidence, as indicated by Frank. The
> same article points out that Herring Gulls are increasingly easy to see in
> urban areas of the UK. The anecdotal evidence there would lead people,
> birders no less than the general public, to conclude that gulls are doing
> just fine, perhaps growing in numbers. Multiple species of Gull now nest in
> urban environments in nw Europe. All species of nesting gulls in Norway
> have declined dramatically the past half century.
> Only the careful harvest of data( with attendant tedium) can yield
> useful explanations. Gulls , like pigeons, have routinely displayed great
> initiative in exploiting opportunities created by humans. The human
> response to this display of intelligence is typically contempt.
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Frank Kolwicz <fhkolwicz1...>
> Date: 9/10/20 1:39 AM (GMT-08:00)
> To: <bcombs232...>, Oregon Birders OnLine <obol...>
> Subject: [obol] Re: Short Article on Gull Behavior
> I can't believe that anyone who has spent any time watching birds doesn't
> know that they all very careful of predatory eyes directed at them.
> Next they'll be telling us that birds become 12.8% less shy per week of
> associating humans with food sources.
> Frank
> in Monmouth
> On 9/9/2020 11:35 PM, Barbara Combs wrote:
> > Gulls pay attention to human eyes <
> >
> > Nonhuman beings often know a lot more than we give them credit for.
> >
> > --
> > Barbara Combs obie '70
> > Lane County, OR
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