My wife commented on yesterday’s blog entry which, in her opinion, was all a bit gloomy. She is probably right; it was all a bit of the glass is half empty. In the interest of balance and harmony in the world and in my family, let me put out some positive information before the new year gets too old. Today, let’s have the glass half full.
How about seagulls? Although some people seem to rather dislike seagulls, it is at times said that the souls of drowned sailors and fishermen may become seagulls, and that therefore these birds should never be killed. I have no evidence, for instance, that gulls are being eaten, here in Mallorca.
Let’s give the gregarious gull some praise today, or gavinas (Catalan) as they are known in Mallorca (Castilian: gaviotas). According to the experts there are eleven species of seagulls to be found on our shores (Larus melanocephalus or Mediterranean Gull, Larus minutus or Little Gull, Larus ridibundus or Black-headed Gull, Larus genei or Slender-billed Gull, Larus audouinii or Audouin’s Gull, Larus canus or Common Gull, Larus fuscus or Lesser Black-backed Gull, Larus argentatus or European Herring Gull, Larus michahellis or Yellow-legged Gull, Larus marinus or Great Black-backed Gull, and Rissa tridactyla, also known as the Kittiwake). Of these, the most commonly found species here in Mallorca are the Yellow-legged Gull, the Black-headed Gull and the Audouin’s Gull. The gulls in the photo may be of the Larus melanocephalus variety but, I do not know enough of it to be too sure.
The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: January 1st, 2011. The time was 14:30:29.