Seagulls are amazing birds and the epitome of seaside living. They can be amusing and annoying in equal measure.
An example of amusing was demonstrated this evening whilst in a local supermarket car park. A van drove past us looking for a parking space and on top of this van were two seagulls just cruising around like it was the most normal thing in the world to hitch a ride. I'm not sure how long they had been on top of the van; perhaps they had hitched a ride into town and not just around the car park. They certainly seemed very cool, much to the amusement of other passers by. I wished I had had my camera with me.
An example of annoying is the constant banging, mating and general nest preparation on top of our house roof at about 5 in the morning. It won't be long before Phil is singled out in shrieks of alarm by our roof nesters too every time he leaves or returns to the house. And all for the crime of returning any fallen chicks up to their roosts in previous years. It seems the seagulls not only return year after year to the same nest site, but they also have long memories.
Whatever your thoughts or experiences with seagulls, nobody could deny they are beautiful, canny and graceful creatures (apart from at 5 in the morning!).