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That's a lot of flocking seagulls!

 
 
Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 11:10 am
Yesterday we stopped for lunch in Canon Beach, Oregon and wandered down to the beach for a bit. There was a flock of seagulls the likes of which I have never seen concentrated in one little spot on the sand. I'm talking thousands and thousands of seagulls.

I have seen groups of say, 50 gulls when someone is out throwing bread crumbs but truly this was an army of seagulls. What could possibly cause seagulls to congregate in this fashion?

Thank you!
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 11:20 am
Flash mob.
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LionTamerX
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 11:22 am
Maybe someone was tossing hash brownie crumbs instead of bread crumbs.
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Piffka
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 11:23 am
Prolly something large and dead.

How was the beach other than that?
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 11:34 am
Seriously now, did you look for airborne predators? There's safety in numbers.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 11:40 am
Flash mob!

Those seagulls are hip I'm telling you.

The beach was really nice, windy and cool - typical for this time of year. I didn't see anything big and dead, or smell anything big and dead but the tide was way in so perhaps it had covered the attraction.

Maybe some pot washed up on shore and the birds did partake because I didn't notice airborn preditors.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 12:00 pm
I was down there last month on a Monday. It was really nice--uncrowded on the beach and in town. Had a pint and lunch at Bill's.

Can't shed any light on the gulls, though...
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 12:01 pm
Bills! That is exactly where we go whenever we go to that part of the coast.

I love that place.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 12:21 pm
boomerang wrote:
but the tide was way in .


high tide makes for larger spaces of shallow water along the beach.
Shallow waters is where the baby fish live.
I am willing to bet, there was probally a large school of tiny fish just off shore in shallow water.

then again





they may HAVE been stoned.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 12:36 pm
Hmmm.... perhaps.....

Canon Beach is famous for it's rocks thought. When the tide goes out it leave little pools full of all kinds of edibles that birds go nuts over.

I don't know much about gull diet but aren't they mostly scavengers?

There were a bunch of jellyfish skeletons (?) along the coast but not more than usual for this time of year and that beach.

Here's a cool photo (not my own) of the rocks at Canon Beach:

http://www.cannon-beach.net/photos_cb/mvc4868s.jpg
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 12:40 pm
Sometimes thousands of seagulls are attracted by the site of a buxom woman wedged nude between a couple of rocks. They see all the flailing about and think it's some sort of beached sea creature.
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Piffka
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 12:46 pm
... or two.
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oldandknew
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 12:49 pm
Or is this a re-enactment of the feeding of the 5000,
fishes & loaves & so on.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 01:01 pm
Wow oldandknew. That would explain the scene at Gearheart beach where that one seagull was tipping over tables of sand dollars while the other seagulls were all running amuk.

The seagulls are re-enacting Bible verses.

They used to just do civil war battles. I guess everyone's got religion these days.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 01:03 pm
Gus, if by "seagulls" you mean men, and by "beached sea creature" you mean Pamela Anderson then, yes, that might explain it.
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oldandknew
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 01:07 pm
Surf's Up. Here come the Beach Boys, sorry seagulls.
It's resurection time again. Pick up your boards and sing out loud. California Girlssssssssssssssssss
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 01:09 pm
Seagulls have been known to carry a clam to the height of over three thousand feet and drop it with unerring accuracy onto a rock below.

The clam shatters into a million pieces and the seagull flies away, chuckling.

They are some real bastard birds, they are.
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oldandknew
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 01:20 pm
as mean as a hungry ferret up the leg of your pants. Or is it down your pants ?
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 02:39 pm
Jelly fish skeletons? Next time, get a picture.
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oldandknew
 
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Reply Mon 14 Nov, 2005 02:45 pm
I just knew that old Kodak Brownie camera would come in handy, one day
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