Seafront seagulls are just ‘rats with wings’
READERS have been telling us their seagull stories this week – and the ‘rats with wings’ don’t come out in the most favourable of lights.
An endemic problem in most seaside towns, seagulls are protected by law and cannot be culled.
Many Oban Times readers believe the problem is cause by people feeding them, and as more and more people report that the bold birds are snatching chips and sandwiches from the hands of unsuspecting tourists and residents, it seems people want something done about the situation.
Laura Máirtín said that in June 2013 she was eight weeks pregnant and about to faint with hunger. She said: ‘I bought a sandwich and was eating it walking through Homebase car park, one bite in and a seagull flew down and grabbed it out of my hand – felt like the thing actually used its wing to knock me on the head as some kind of tactic to stun me during the process.’ Gordon Cooper wrote on The
Oban Times Facebook page: ‘My late dad used to feed seagulls fish scraps out in the bungalow scheme in Ganavan, where he lived.
‘A few became dozens. Lots of neighbours rightly complained as the gulls were lining up on their rooftops and creating havoc at an early hour. A polite visit from a council representative put a stop to my dad’s pastime.’
Obanite Karen Anderson said: ‘I have the same seagull that comes same time every day knocks on the window and calls for me.’
Kerry Smith said: ‘I still remember when I was about five years old, that is 30 years ago, that a seagull with just one leg bite my finger! Still remember it to this day. He is prob still out there.’
Innis Campbell said: ‘ When I was very young and after sitting on my dad’s knee (Angus Campbell) while he was docking the famous Highland Seabird in at the North Pier, I was walking down the gangplank and several large seabirds decided to use me as poo target.
‘I was covered from head to toe, it’s one of my earliest memories.’