The Reason Not to Feed the Birds


I live directly across the street from the beach, just south of Daytona Beach, Fl. A little over a mile north of me is a small convenience store that I like to walk to every now and then if I need to pick up something small. I use the beach as my sidewalk. Every so often, when the weather is just right… cool enough that most people don’t want to be on the beach, and a steady strong wind is blowing from the north, seagulls have a hard time fishing.

At every beach access there are signs that warn not to interfere with beach wildlife. This includes feeding the seagulls. Seagulls are master fishers and really don’t need our help in finding a meal, but they are smart enough to know that if they act a certain  way… those big funny looking primates will feed them. Which I suppose is great if you don’t live near them, and get to leave after you get done feeding them processed white bread. But, for those of us that live here…. it sucks, and here’s why.

If you are on the beach, and carrying anything that might look like food, and the weather conditions are just right. The seagulls will follow you, dive bomb you and screech in your ear because now they think everyone should feed them. On the day I took these pictures, I walked up to that convenience store to pick up a couple bottles of sports drink, on my way home the wind was at my back which allowed the seagulls to basically just hover around me, actually flying backwards with me.

True it made for some cool close up photos of gulls in flight, but trust me… walking a mile encapsulated in a cloud of hungry, squawking seagulls isn’t as much fun as you would expect. Please…. don’t feed the seagulls!

All photos taken with an LG Optimus M (Cell phone)

 

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