Seagulls of Canal Park, or 5 things you might not know about seagulls!


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These silly sea gulls provide both charm and agitation to the life of a plein air painter. After many days (years) of painting in the presence of Gulls, I learned at least 5 interesting things about them.

1. They know who is friend or foe. If you feed them they don’t dive bomb your floppy hat and leave you a present. If you ignore them they do! They learn to get close if you let them alone.Β They have a very good memory.

2. Young gulls start out brown not white. They are taught in a school by older birds and protected until they are almost grown.

3. Seagulls go very far inland and search for food in “dry” places too. They dwell around very small ponds too if there is food. Most like to live and nest on high bluffs or buildings.

4. Seagulls are very good swimmers and divers, and float just as well as a duck. They are a very smart bird, sometimes using bread crumbs to “fish”, attracting small fish to the surface to then dive on and grab for supper.

5. Seagulls can be found very late in the fall in Duluth, then one day they just vanish. I do know they are considered a migratory bird, and fly south for the winter. Although they live in flocks they migrate more haphazardly than ducks or geese and forage along shorter flights paths in steps until they find enough warmth and food. They are habitual and return to many same locations yearly.


33 thoughts on “Seagulls of Canal Park, or 5 things you might not know about seagulls!

    1. eightdecades Post author

      I’m doing fine, I enjoyed looking at your posts and just haven’t had time to comment much. Thank you for re-blogging, I will go take a look.. Loved your recent posts, so colorful and artistic and really fun to look upon.

    1. eightdecades Post author

      I am pleased you like the slide show, and shared it. It is really fun and interesting to see postings and hear from folks from around the whole world. I used to live in southern Calif. and I did get out to Palm Springs on occasion. So when I see your postings it does bring back memories as well.
      Thanks for your responses.

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

    I am not sure if you thought I was spamming you…( I am referring to the comment under my last one) I hope not for i wouldn’t you know…
    Hi there, I have stopped by to see how you are doing….
    it has been awhile since I’ve seen you here or heard from you, yes I know you have a life πŸ™‚ but I still miss your wonderful paintings…and your thoughts….
    So Take Care where ever you are My Friend….You Matter…

    1. eightdecades Post author

      I have been away for a couple weeks, finally got a vacation in. We haven’t gotten away for quite some time. I will get back to blogging this week.
      Thank you for stopping by and asking.

  2. laurie27wsmith

    These are great John, you’ve captured one of my favourite birds perfectly. They’re such a hardy creature.

    1. eightdecades Post author

      Thanks for the comment, yes the seagull is also one of my favorite (very smart) birds, Such a personality and self awareness that they at first seem arrogant and bothersome, but are really just a very awake bird.

      1. laurie27wsmith

        You’re welcome John.They haven’t been just birds since Jonathon Livingstone Seagull. πŸ™‚

    1. eightdecades Post author

      Thank you for the response, and nice to hear from you. I Haven’t been in touch much as of late. The world is full of crazymaking and I have been at getting the blog working. So thanks again for your comment and response.

  3. Mark Lanesbury

    The magic inside is surely driven by the heart when you can produce images like this. These are great John. Thank you for sharing them, and may that magic never run dry. Namaste

  4. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

    I love them All! πŸ™‚
    makes me want a road trip to beach….hmmmmm?
    Thank you for the absolutely beautiful smile…..there is nothing better than a gift of one
    Take Care…You Matter…

    1. eightdecades Post author

      Ahh thank you and I will spend ore time answering comments as soon as I get caught up on posting and fixing the blog stuff, always nice to hear from you , and I loved
      your last posting and story too, I realized I didn’t respond and comment on it thought.

    2. eightdecades Post author

      Thank you for (again) looking in and speaking out. I have greatly enjoyed the seagulls while sketching them, they are so alive and so spirited. It seems they live without making mistakes, everything they do is useful to them and at the same time they seem so useless. I have felt that way too, haven”t you?

      1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

        but what a perfect balance they live in then…their purpose to show it can be done ..waste not want not came to my mind as I thought of your words for them…
        Yes…I know the feelings well, well not the making no mistake parts …
        I am human not a seagull after all… πŸ™‚
        You’re Welcome, it is always a special gift to see through your eyes…within your colors….
        again..Thank You for sharing yourself and your gifts with me/us…I appreciate the moments the create for my thinking …
        It is really good to see you and your art again….
        know you are missed !

      2. eightdecades Post author

        Thank you, I just posted the images from the art show on my home page, also in a slide show. I don’t know if the posting on that page gets noticed by followers unless you visit the main blog
        I do recall promising to let you know when I got those images up, hope it is not to forward to do so now.

      3. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

        an absolutely perfect time….I shall enjoy wandering within their colors of your voice so to speak…is the link different from your blog here?

      4. eightdecades Post author

        Can you let me know if the slide show on the home page even works on your computer, I can’t ell exactly what I am doing with it.
        Thank you for your kindness and thoughtful responses, they really help.

      5. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

        I most surely will, I have just landed on it πŸ™‚
        ( and you are very Welcome)

      6. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

        it works very well, you did a great job …..and if you don’t already know this you are an amazing artist….(surely you do ).
        I had what I was going to say was my favorite but then the next image came on …
        I will let you know if I can decide πŸ™‚

      7. eightdecades Post author

        Thank you so very much, I am glad it works at all. I am prepping two more slide shows so now I can have some confidence they work. I am not a very techie kinda fella. Thanks again it is very helpful.

      8. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

        it is too hard to decide a favorite one … πŸ™‚
        East End Rain, Three Sisters, and Friends, seem to draw me in…
        These works of art are stunning beyond descriptive verbs?
        Again, thank you for sharing them, I look forward to the others you put up…

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