Hey guys, something happened today that made me worried. I went for
a ride this morning. I pulled up to the marsh and enjoyed my coffee. I noticed that there was a black duck that was all by itself. I watched the duck for a while and I believe that it was one that may of been wingshot during the hunting season and couldn't fly because others came in for a visit and when they flew off this one remained.
Then it happened. A large male Black Back Gull flew in and started having a go at the black duck. It started off at picking at the duck then was pulling the duck from the back of its head. Feathers started to fly at this point. The gull even went to holding the ducks head under water! This went on for a while and then the duck was dead. The gull then ripped out the breast meat in the bird. I couldn't believe it. :pissed:
Well living on the coast we have many of these black back gulls. I mean they are everywhere you look. Now if these things just killed an adult bird right in front me imagine what they do to the young. They must raid so many nest in the spring taking out how many young, 100's,1000's...?
who knows. We have a few islands and land around here that are protected areas and they hold many species of birds and they use this land for nesting. The only thing is, is that there are many of these gulls that are there as well. This is a protected area and these gulls may be killing many birds.
When I got home I did some research on these gulls. These are one mean
species. They are not even supposed to be around here. They came here
when we had large open dump sites with garbage all over the place. Now that the dumps are gone they are still here and there is more than ever.
Is there anything that can be done to control these gulls? I know what your thinking
but maybe this can be brought up someplace and a group can take the gulls nest out in the spring ? Any input? Who knows how many ducks could be saved.