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"This is my town" is what the seagull is saying to me. (An updated explanation of the title)

The prevalence of seagulls was quite noticeable on out visit to Whitby. People were holding up chips at arms length to entice flying gulls to swoop down and take them out of their hand. The gulls at Whitby are apparently herring gulls.


"Whitby Seagulls have been in the press again this week. Hard to believe that the seagull species can cause such controversy." ...
"The reason for the controversy about the Whitby Seagulls is their penchant for the tit bits offered to them by the visitors as well as foraging for food in bins. It is well know that visitors will throw tit bits for the gulls who enjoy watching them feeding and this in turn encourages the gull population to expect food in populated areas. It is the opinion of many folk that the seagulls are vermin, too many in number and a general nuisance."

"For some locals, as well as visitors, they are one of the joys of Whitby. Their calling to one another is an iconic sound of the seaside (not especially joyful at five o’clock in the morning!) and conjures up fond memories of childhood holidays." From wonderful Whitby Blog (April 6th 2012):


From Wikipedia: "The European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) is a large gull (up to 26 in (66 cm) long). One of the best known of all gulls along the shores of western Europe, it was once abundant. It breeds across Northern Europe, Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic states. Some European Herring Gulls, especially those resident in colder areas, migrate further south in winter, but many are permanent residents, e.g. in the British Isles, Iceland, or on the North Sea shores.

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