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Uncovering Seagulls - A Comprehensive Guide

For the beachgoers and shore community, you know what a seagull is, right? But do you? For non-shore residents and curious individuals, seagulls are a type of bird found near oceans, rivers, and coastal areas. Seagulls range in size from small to large, usually having white feathers. They are highly social creatures who live and work in flocks. These birds are a part of the Laridae bird family of different “seabirds.” They are very surfeit; when you see one, prepare to see numerous at any time.

Seagulls are concentrated in seaside areas and beach communities. Taking trips to the boardwalk or beach will always guarantee an encounter with one. But they have been known to work inland if there is a viable food source. They could show up as far as 20 miles inland! Seagulls are canny scavengers that look to eat most things they can find. They feed on whatever their environment provides them with, such as small fish, insects, and scraps. These birds have their positives and negatives.

Seagulls are essential to their overall surroundings, providing various benefits to their ecosystem and the things around them. Like most animals and birds in an ecosystem, they are vital to the health of their overall environment. They help to maintain the balance of nature by preying on different species of plants, fish, crustaceans, and insects, helping to keep the population healthy. They also provide natural pest control, consuming insects that can damage crops. Seagulls also are known as “trash collectors” as they will eat almost anything consumable left behind. This can be food scraps, trash, or anything left open. Due to their scavenger nature, they remove unwanted items from populated areas. Without the seagull population, the undesirable effects could include overpopulation of invasive species and insects.

Seagulls are notorious for being pests and a bother, especially at the beach and on boats. They often nest and live near highly populated and dense areas. They are also quite loud, disturbing people and animals with their calls and chirps. Seagulls also carry a reputation for being aggressive toward humans. When they scavenge for food, they can become highly bold and daring—doing almost anything they need for a meal. This is a problem for tourists, boaters, beachgoers, and locals. With them being a constant bother at the sight of a meal, it is essential not to feed them as that will only raise their aggression and boldness. There are cases where these birds can be dangerous and attack if provoked or teased. Seagull feces can also be very toxic and hazardous to humans. They could contain toxins and bacteria that can lead to sickness and infections. It is important to steer away and not touch any of their droppings.

Even with some scandalous acts, they are vital to the beach community. They should not be bothered by you, and you need to ensure that they do not bother you. Check out our previous blog, “Prepare for the Beach,” for tips and tricks to ensure they leave you alone. AviAway bird control can help you with your seagull needs and problems.

Call AviAway at 844-247-3373 or fill out our online form for a free consultation and quote.

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