• When Gulls Attack, Just Stare Back

    One year ago - By All About Birds

    A Herring Gull snatches an ice cream cone. Photo by Per Andrén via Birdshare .
    Soaring, swooping gulls add to the magic of a summer day at the beach-but they're not always a welcome sight: Herring Gulls, for example, can be aggressive around people who are eating, and on some beaches will even swipe food right out of people's hands. Keep your guard up or else a stealthy bird may make off with your fried clams or ice cream cone.
    A new study points at a way to safely deter these would-be food-snatchers: engage the gulls in a good old-fashioned stare-down.
    Researchers from the University of...
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