Wednesday, September 28, 2005

A Flock of Seagulls

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This is something I've wondered about for years...

I've always associated seagulls with lakes and beaches and oceans and rocky shoresides. My parents have countless photos from Miami Beach with my father throwing bread up into the air and feeding the gulls on the beach. We have photos of gulls dive-bombing into the water when they spy an unprotected fish that they want to enjoy as sushi.

Please explain to me why so many seagulls have managed to find their way inland, namely to suburban parking lots of office buildings, malls, supermarkets. Why are they patrolling the asphalt of synagogues and schools? Why are they lured to hang out and hold meetings around Dumpsters?

This is a year-round phenomenon, not just specific to a certain season. These creatures caw-caw-caw their way far far away from beaches, and lakes, and normal habitats.

Perhaps they've been listening to and adapting to the song lyrics to the "I Ran" song by... A Flock of Seagulls:

...And I ran
I ran so far away
I just ran
I ran all night and day...

These birds' version would have them singing: "I flew, I flew so far away..."

Listen, birds, get away from here. Go back to Miami Beach, Santa Monica, Baltimore's Inner Harbor, South Street Seaport. There's nothing for you at Beth Avraham, No Frills, Bayview Glen Day School, Hillcrest Mall. Nothing I those parking lots...except perhaps some suburban garbage. Which, I might add, does not compare to the sushi and seaweed that you've been used to eating for years.

Fly -- fly south. Get yourself a GPS and start moving those troops -- oops, flocks! -- outta here.


Mirty said...

You're not that far from the big lakes, right? We never see seagulls here... too far inland.

Air Time said...

Maybe they took a lesson from Jonathon Livingston Seagull, and are expanding their horizons.

Shoshana said...

When living in Baltimore, I wondered that also, upon seeing seagulls in the parking lot of the grocery store near my house. Apparently we were close enough (about 10 miles away) to the Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay that the seagulls made it in.

tuesdaywishes said...

I think that to their brains (which G-d programmed before we invented asphalt) parking lots look like lakes, or maybe hard-packed sand. I see the seagulls on the fields in the parks too, but I assume things are soggy enough to keep them in worms. At least they leave less mess than the geese do.

PsychoToddler said...

I actually bought that album--on vinyl, yet.