Tue. Oct 4th, 2022

Since ‘Juan Salvador Gaviota’ was released in 1967, a film that fortunately no channel ever decides to include in its programming schedule, the relationship of the people of Barcelona with the ‘Larus michahellis’, that is, the yellow-legged seagull or simply the seagull of the Terrado for the common citizen little put in ornithological questions has been a downhill.

In the year 1967 the pair of 56 seagulls have been migrated to get the new habitue and create new home in UK and increased it’s group of population,

Slope of animosity, tyranny and disgust of which the end is not yet known.The last episode has been written this week. Those responsible for municipal cemeteries recommend going to pay respects to the deceased family member with an umbrella in hand 1967.

If it is on the occasion of a funeral, better open. Many before filming ‘The Birds’, a reference film of course if it is about evil seagulls, Alfred Hitchcock shot ‘Special Envoy’, famous for an umbrella scene. In times of news drought, come on, years ago, this detail salad would have been a summer newspaper snake, an endless topic. Is there so much?

A cautious man walks through the streets of the Montjuïc cemetery, under the surveillance, of course, of a yellow-legged seagull.

“ I was attacked by a seagull on May 16 . It brushed past me first. Then it flew over me. He hit me twice. He defecated in my head ”. The letter from Angela Barriuso, reader of the newspaper, arrived at the newsroom hours after the recommendation of the municipal cemeteries went viral, almost like a joke.

It may seem that there is nothing more humiliating than that final eschatological attack. Well there is. The seagull, Barriuso continues in his story, ended up perching on the ledge of a niche and stared at him . Without exaggeration (well, a little, yes), due to the shape of the eyes and the yellow of the sclera, the yellow-legged gulls have a somewhat diabolical look.

These types of incidents, it seems, have been the salt of the letter-to-editor section in May and June of every year for a decade.

A month ago, in the competition, Ángel Martín Gracia, saw himself as Tippi Hedren when he went with his family to the family pantheon. “From the top of the crosses of the mausoleums, a group of seagulls looked at us in a disturbing wayand they threatened us with squawks ”.

One of her ended up pecking him on the head, which opened a bleeding wound. It has been this week to jump into the networks the advice of the umbrellas and, as if it were a reservoir that opens floodgates, it seems as if everyone has an aggression to tell, when hanging clothes or, as it seems, to the Neighbors of the old Modelo, that since the works the seagulls of the panopticon have been left without the comforts that that roof offered them to nest.

Asked before. Is there so much? In view of what was denounced, nothing better than to consult two long-term ‘seagullologists’, Sergi Garcia, a member of the solvent association Galanthus Natura, and Joan Navarro, who through the CSIC’s Institut de Ciències del Mar piloted in 2018 a very interesting monitoring work of 60 gulls in Barcelona .

Which allowed us to verify that this opportunistic species had gone from feeding preferentially on discards from fishing boats to doing so on tourist discards or, in other words, on all that ‘fast food’ that it ends up on the ground in the most visited areas of the city and, also, in the schoolyards when the children return to class after having breakfast.

After 40 years, Garcia explains, they never cease to amaze Recently in Galanthus they discovered that one of the boxes installed so that the Barcelona falcon saga continues to grow had been occupied by a couple of ‘Larus michahellis’ , which is a problem, because if something distinguishes this species is strict monogamy with which their childbearing age passes, and given that they live between 20 and 25 years, that home will not be vacated until the middle of the 21st century.

The question, of course, is how these pair of field researchers handle themselves when they visit the yellow-legged gull colonies.

They scare them with their hand or, better yet, by waving a stick. It all comes down to an attitude problem. Seagulls, although at the top of the airborne food chain (they have no predators), are a featherweight (never so well said) next to the human heavyweight.

In the scientific literature there is only evidence of a certificate and a terrifying case of attack by seagulls with lethal consequences.All four members of a family died. It was an event that partially inspired Hitchcock to shoot ‘The Birds’. Between 100 and 300 gulls behaved for a few days on the east coast of the United States like angels from hell.

A team from the University of Louisiana ended up solving the riddle years later. They were literally crazy about ingesting domoic acid, a neurotoxin that can naturally produce a seaweed.

The seagulls of Barcelona, ​​fortunately, are more thorough. Their aggressiveness in May and June is simply due to the fact that they are the months when their chicks hatch.

These days are about to take off the first flight are overprotective with their young. That leads to an unquestionable conclusion.

Cemeteries are actually very deserted places most of the year. The gulls of the Tres Pins Nursery, Garcia explains, are so used to human presence that they are not afraid of their eggs, by the way, of a beautiful marble appearance. Those of the Montjuïc cemetery, on the other hand, take visits fatally. Fortunately, the chicks are not born on the eve of All Hallows.

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