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Cool Jazz, Hot Fries, Prying Eyes June 29, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Food & Drink, Humor.

Woodstock-&-Snoopy2Sitting on the beach, listening to cool jazz, we decided a few nibbles were in order.

BFF walked over to order some fries ~ “chips” to Brits.

As BFF carried the plate of fresh fried potatoes back to our chairs in the sand, hungry eyes watched his progress.

By the time he sat down, a crowd of on-lookers had gathered round.

We found ourselves engulfed by forty odd gulls at the Gulf.


Ignoring their obvious intent, I leaned in, extracted a fragrant fry, dipped it into the Heinz, and lifted it to my mouth.

Fry mid-flight, a gull swooped down with Hitchcock-esque timing, intent on snatching the snack before it made it Down the Hatch.

The gull, scrabbling for purchase on the hot potato, convinced us that these airborne pirates would not be dissuaded.

They were going for the gold!

Some battles are meant to be fought.  At other times, evasive maneuvers are the most promising battle tactic.

While the band of thieves focused beady eyes on the prize, we grabbed the plated fries and ran for cover.


Aah . . . that’s better!

Artwork by Marlane Wurzbach ~ available at Marlane Wurzbach.com.



1. Val Boyko - June 29, 2016

Oh dear… Not the most relaxing snacking! At least you got out of there fast!

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

It only took a single fry to convince us that those prying eyes were NOT going to take “no” for an answer. So we sat under an umbrella on the deck until we finished our snack.

2. Jill Weatherholt - June 29, 2016

They can be quite aggressive. That photo of the little girl is hilarious, Nancy. 🙂

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

When we’ve picnicked on the beach in the past, the gulls have congregated around us. But they have never attacked us mid-bite before. Lesson learned.

3. Under the Oaks - June 29, 2016

How well we know… 😀

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

I bet! It felt as if we’d been cast as extras in The Birds. From now on, we’ll eat on the patio.

4. Tippy Gnu - June 29, 2016

Those sea chickens will rob you blind. If you want to eat on the beach, you need to equip yourself with some anti-aircraft guns.

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

Before this, we’d snacked on the beach without incident. Gulls would hang around waiting for a morsel of tidbit. If they spied a dropped chip or piece of bread, they’d swoop in a mad dash to snatch the snack before it was claimed by another gull. But they demonstrated a degree of patience ~ waiting for us to relinquish our hold on the food.

Not this time. They launched an all-out assault to grab food from our fingers. How rude!

Tippy Gnu - June 29, 2016

Those must have been especially good fries.

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

They were worth hanging onto. 😉

5. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - June 29, 2016

LOL! That is awful, and awfully funny!

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

It happened too fast for me to be frightened by the wings beating inches from my face ~> but we realized the only way we would be able to eat in peace would be to join other diners on the patio where we could camouflage our snack under an umbrella.

6. anotherday2paradise - June 29, 2016

Absolutely no sharing when it comes to such deliciousness! 😀

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

If we had tried to share a single fry with each bird surrounding us, we would have been short a few fries.

And perhaps a few fingertips as well.

7. Ally Bean - June 29, 2016

It’s been so long since I’ve been to the beach that I forgot all about the gulls. Still aggressive, I see. Loved the beach, the gulls not so much.

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

The last time we felt “surrounded” was when eating a Lobster Roll on a pier in Maine. Guess gulls like lobster and fries!

8. Kate Crimmins - June 29, 2016

They are like that in Jersey too. They like to hang around young kids because they can really score there.

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

True dat!

9. earnestlydebra - June 29, 2016

Locals in the PNW call them beach rats, but they are new to me – love feeding them french fries, just to watch them swoop in to grab from my hand. Although there have been consequences.

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

We didn’t want to encourage these aerial pirates. Maybe next time.

earnestlydebra - June 29, 2016

Oh – you can’t EAT with them anywhere in the vicinity – they smell food a mile away!

nrhatch - June 30, 2016

Even the slightest encouragement of sight, sound, or scent is enough to set them off.

10. suzicate - June 29, 2016

Those greedy little boogers enjoy quite the smorgasboard on the summer beaches; glad you were able to save your fries!

nrhatch - June 29, 2016

Most look quite well fed off their pilfering and begging. And when all else fails, they say, “Go Fish.”

11. Bun Karyudo - June 30, 2016

They’re pretty brazen in their thievery, that’s for sure.

nrhatch - June 30, 2016

They might as well wear placards blazoned on their breasts:

“Hungry and Happy for Hand Outs.”

12. diannegray - June 30, 2016

Wow, Nancy. I’ve never had my food ripped out of my fingers by a bird before, but I know those seagulls can be very determined. Those must have been mighty nice chips! 😀

nrhatch - June 30, 2016

This was a first for me too, Dianne. I expect your guinea fowl are much better behaved than these gulls were. Cheeky monkeys!

13. L. Marie - June 30, 2016

I didn’t realize they were so aggressive. Oh my goodness!

nrhatch - June 30, 2016

These were the MOST aggressive gulls we’ve ever met. From now on, we’ll stay on the patio if we order food at the beach.

14. Tiny - July 5, 2016

Great imagery, Nancy! And familiar 🙂

nrhatch - July 5, 2016

Gulls are the “robber barons” of the beach. And these ones did NOT want to take “no” for an answer.

15. Debra - July 7, 2016

I’ve been known to get a little aggressive over a plate of fries myself! I guess I understand…but I’d fight hard not to let the gulls get them! 🙂

nrhatch - July 7, 2016

Haha! Fair warning! But somehow I don’t see you trying to snatch fries out of someone else’s mitt.

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