Subject: Re: A gull eats pigeon story
Date: May 3 06:17:27 1995
From: Mike Patterson - mpatters at ednet1.osl.or.gov





I've had reports here on the Lower Columbia of Gulls knocking pigeons
into the water and drowning them. The witness was reliable and says
he's seen it happen more than once. I don't have the time to hang out
on the water front. Maybe this summer.


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>I was a bit late to work today and missed an interesting melodrama.
>The Snohomish County Council offices are on the top floor of the
>county administration building in Everett. The altitude and abundant
>windows offer spectacular, panoramic views of mountains, valleys,
>waters, occasional eye-level eagles and peregrines dining off
>roof-top pigeons. The offices are set back from the roof edge
>affording a wrap-around deck or porch of sorts. This morning Council
>Clerk Barbara Sikorski was startled when a pigeon-rock-dove smashed
>into the window three feet from where she sat. The pigeon itself sat
>stunned. Within seconds, says Barbara, a large gull (presumably a
>Gloucus-wingedXWestern . . . what else is there?) dropped out the
>sky and proceeded to assault the semi-conscious pigeon . . . mostly
>pecking at its rear end (a technical term). This rude behavior
>prompted Chief Clerk Kathy Bratcher (who takes legislative decorum
>seriously) to run out of the office, around a corner and out a door
>to the roof deck in hopes of rescuing the pigeon. Regrettably, from
>the pigeons perspective, she failed. The gull grabbed the pigeon by
>its armpit (another technical term) and ran with it 30 feet to the
>roof edge and took off.
>So, we wonder, is such relatively-live prey-taking unusual in local
>gulls, or is this just another manifestation of current
>anti-government disorders?
>Fred Bird
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