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Sullivan's at Castle Island removes outdoor seating after attacks by dive-bombing terror gulls

NBC Boston reports Castle Island gulls are flying amok this summer:

Like a scene right out of "The Birds," customers are dropping their boxes of food and running from the scene screaming.

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So after all these years and suddenly it's that bad?? Wow what's this world coming to.

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Yes, you put your finger on the root of today's problems: disproportionate reactions to aggressive scavenger birds.

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My thought was.. I remember eating at Kellys on Revere Beach in 1998 for the first time and being warned about the seagulls.

They've always been bad.

Its because people started feeding them so they know where people and their food is. So they come back and are just getting worse and worse.

Seagulls are the rats of the ocean. And like real rats, we have a problem with those too. People are the problem really.

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A long time ago I may or may not have tossed Kelly's fries onto the sidewalk in order to enjoy the dismay of passersby when the gulls of Revere descended on them.

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to erect one of the overhead wire thingies over the picnic area. Gulls don't like those thingies.

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Building some sort of protection? On Castle Island??!

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I was at an amusement part (IIRC it was Sea World in southern California) where they had previously had problems with aggressive gulls. There was a father and son team who had been contracted to bring their falcons to keep the bothersome birds at bay.

I wonder if they can contract someone or we can get some volunteers to perform a similar service at Castle Island.

https://www.wgbh.org/news/2018/02/21/news/falconry-takes-flight-massachu...

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Won't that come to a screeching halt as soon as the falcons have killed a sky rat or two and chowed down? Even if they don't puke, they'll be full and uninterested in hunting more.

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The highly visible presence of the raptor keeps the gulls away; the raptor doesn't actually get to make any kills, in general.

EDIT: I have no idea if this works against gulls, though. Definitely works for pigeons.

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But crows gang up on owls and hawks all the time.

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They run around in packs. They hover around unsuspecting people. And when one of them is successful, takes the loop to another area so everyone can share.

Nuttin’ but a gang….

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