I've had my flock of lame gulls together for about six weeks now.

A few days ago, I noticed Rommel (old adult cock bird) doing a funny little dance on the grass. It was like he was doing an Irish jig on the spot with intense concentration - reminded me of Riverdance. Emotion: smile

Pretty soon, all the other younger gulls started copying him. When it was just Dylan on his own, he never did this. Anyone know what they're doing and what the point of this is? Some sort of dominance display? Sometimes they'll keep it up for ten minutes at a time.
I was thinking about what someone posted about letting the gulls breed if they want to. At the moment I know I have one definite cock bird (Rommel, at least 10 years old and probably much older, human bonded and hand tame - probably too old to breed and seems to be more interested in people anyway). The three babies (Dylan, Johnathan, and Avril) which I don't really know the sex of. Two are still brown (less than a year old) and one has a bit of white and grey plumage and is about three. How do I tell if they are cocks or hens for sure?
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I was thinking about what someone posted about letting the gulls breed if they want to. At the moment I ... white and grey plumage and is about three. How do I tell if they are cocks or hens for sure?

Adult males are white with grey or black wings, a yellow beak and green eyes. Adult females are brown all over with a black beak and black eyes - they look nearly the same as the babies.
I was thinking about what someone posted about letting the ... I tell if they are cocks or hens for sure?

Adult males are white with grey or black wings, a yellow beak and green eyes. Adult females are brown all over with a black beak and black eyes - they look nearly the same as the babies.

What kind of seagull is that?
The Blackbacked gull in New Zealand takes four years to get adult plumage, and both sexes are white with black wings as adults. Younger birds of both sexes are brown.
I suppose I could sex our Jonathan by the pelvic gap, as with most birds, but he'd be a hard bird to catch and examine!
Geopelia
Adult males are white with grey or black wings, a yellow beak and green eyes. Adult females are brown all over with a black beak and black eyes - they look nearly the same as the babies.

This isn'y true for ANY of the dozens of seagull species there are. In each species adult males and females are totally or nearly identical. They can be told apart when looking very closely at a courting/nesting pair, as the male is on average slightly more "handsome" - bigger size, bigger and thicker bill, thicker neck.
Liisa
I've had my flock of lame gulls together for about six weeks now. A few days ago, I noticed Rommel ... was like he was doing an Irish jig on the spot with intense concentration - reminded me of Riverdance. Emotion: smile

They are trying to bring worms to the surface, they'll do it on a beach to get sand eels up.
I've had my flock of lame gulls together for about ... spot with intense concentration - reminded me of Riverdance. Emotion: smile

They are trying to bring worms to the surface, they'll do it on a beach to get sand eels up.

The common wisdom being that the gulls are trying to make it sound to the worms as though it's raining - the idea being that they'll either head to the surface to avoid drowning, or to drink (depending on who you listen to).
They are trying to bring worms to the surface, they'll do it on a beach to get sand eels up.

The common wisdom being that the gulls are trying to make it sound to the worms as though it's raining - the idea being that they'll either head to the surface to avoid drowning, or to drink (depending on who you listen to).

"Rain means two things to worms, mating and bath time."

Old Genesis concert quote.
The common wisdom being that the gulls are trying to ... drowning, or to drink (depending on who you listen to).

"Rain means two things to worms, mating and bath time." Old Genesis concert quote.

Rain means much the same to doves!
Rain after a long dry spell gets them all collecting nest material as soon as it stops raining, like Noah's dove.
And they sit in the rain on the lawn with one wing held up, looking like yachts.
Rain means much the same to doves! Rain after a long dry spell gets them all collecting nest material as soon as it stops raining, like Noah's dove.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. You're thinking of Noah's cormorant. Noah's dove actually had to wait until the waters receded.
With kind regards
Chu
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