Date: 9/13/20 4:15 pm
From: Nancy and Mike Thomas <shipwreck5000...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Short Article on Gull Behavior
I found this article fascinating. I kept recalling some research I had read
on Crows recognizing faces. Thanks for sharing. Nancy

On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 9:24 AM Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...> wrote:

> In the early 1980’s I spent time on SE Farallon Island with the
> mask-wearing Larry Spear and others. Larry related the story to me about
> why he was wearing a mask and the way in which he describe it was
> absolutely hilarious. Another funny Larry Spear story was told to my while
> I was on the island. Larry was in the murre blind with another person and
> he was describing an individual western gull that was specializing on
> predating murre eggs and chicks in the study plot. As he was describing
> this to the other person the gull suddenly appeared gliding past the murre
> blind and Larry called out “their it is”! Just as Larry was saying this
> the gull let loose with a load of poop which flew through the small blind
> window and into Larry’s mouth! Larry fell back chocking while the other
> person was trying to catch his breath between laugher. Even Larry laughed
> at this story (after the fact). He was such a great person and great
> scientist who left earth way too early.
> Roy Lowe
> Waldport, OR
> On Sep 10, 2020, at 8:16 AM, Bob Archer <rabican1...> wrote:
> 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
> pdx
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 3:02 AM larspernorgren <larspernorgren...>
> wrote:
>> 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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