Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Gobby Gulls


Our weekend in St Davids was awash with birds, of all shapes and sizes,

Tell everyone, Sean in back in town!-1

it was the gulls  who could make the most noise as soloists.

I’d never thought about a gull having a tongue!

Gobby gull 2-1

Mrs Ogg had, she said that in some parts of the world, gulls tongues are a delicacy, but at a guess I’d say she wasn’t meaning in Pembrokeshire or Cambridgeshire.

Gobby gull x2-1

* Gobby


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Gobby Gulls

  1. That last one you timed the wave just right. Great pics.

  2. Gulls are among my favourite birds after I spent a holiday observing a pair of herring gulls. They have a wide variety of calls from the “seep, seep, seep” of youngsters begging for food, through the low “ha-ha-ha” of resting birds to the flown-blown aggressive pulsating shriek which they can do from a standing position or even in flight. All the gulls in a locality know one another and have a hierarchical relationship on which depends who can push who off a favourite perch. Gulls are master fliers and seem able to manage any wind conditions with consummate skill and elegance. Their intelligence makes them very adaptable – as well as getting them into trouble with humans.

    • Getting them into trouble with humans…
      That will be the gull that stole a Cornetto ice cream from my hand and gulped it down in one and the gull the that stole a sausage off the hot grill at a bar-b-que

  3. We’re far enough away from the coast to have only occasional visits from gulls – but enough to say they are extremely noisy when there’s food around! Which always seems to be right at the crack of dawn.

  4. Hi UHDD
    Lovely pics, as always! I had a run in with a seagull in St Ives, I was happily eating an expensive banana ice cream, by the quay, when a very cheeky gull took it clean out of my hand! I was not impressed! it was so quick i never felt or heard him coming, im still looking 4 him 🙂

  5. Terrific photos, I especially like the last one! They are very vocal and I often hear the ones here at home when they’re wheeling about the sky out front. xx

  6. Great shots of your noisy – and funny – friends here….
    I’m back again from 10 weeks of travel and adventure I started to resume my home activities, including visiting my favorite blogs
    – not least uphilldowndale!
    (And – of course – organising and choosing some pictures from “Down under” for my own blog;-) )

  7. I like gulls. Don’t always like their behavior–they used to delight in making my little dog Jake’s life miserable–but it’s an absolute delight to watch them windsurf. I always wonder how they manage to stay so tidy. Those are elegant photos–and I did appreciate the translation.

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