Today when we walked through the park there were so many seagulls I couldn't count them all! I think they were excited to have found something they thought delicious to eat. They were whirling about in the grey rainy sky, calling raucously to each other, swooping and diving. Although lots of people think of seagulls (although we all use this term, there is really no such thing as a "seagull", which is just a generic term for the gull or laridae species, of which there are over 50 types just in the British Isles alone) as a nuisance, in fact they are very intelligent birds, with excellent memories and the ability to recognise their environment even though they migrate in the summer and only return when the weather becomes cooler, usually around the middle of October. They mate for life like many bird species, and once they have nested in a place successfully, they will return there every year if they are able to raise their chicks. They are extremely resourceful and rather than being the scavengers they are thought of, they have simply learned to adapt to their environment as their natural habitats become eroded and there are fewer of them. Also if the food they eat naturally is harder to find due to over-fishing of our seas, they must find alternative food sources. I think they look beautiful when they are flying - magestic and brave, soaring in the sky so smoothly. I found a poem which I think describes them very well ... here it is below.