We've had a bit of a problem with Gordon the Gull recently. We have lived in this house for over 14 years and this summer (what am I saying, summer?) Gordon has started pecking at the window at the top of the stairs. Now this window is 12 feet above the landing and doesn't open so I can't open it, reach out, grab him and strangle him. Not that I would do him such harm, I happen to like gulls though Gordon is beginning to try my patience. Anyway outside the window there is a small area of flat roof where Gordon stands to peck the window. He must think, if gulls do think, that it is an other gull challenging him for his lady, or more likely food. So I bought some anti bird spikes and positioned them so the little sod couldn't peck the window. It was either that or leave Basil the cat up there all the time. Actually Basil, quiet rightly, is scared of the gulls, they are bigger than him and have a big sharp beak.
Well the anti bird spikes have done the trick. No more banging on the window which is a good thing as he used to do it 5 minutes after the sun came up and it was very loud. The first time it happened I though the drug squad were hammering on the front door, not that the drug squad have ever hammered on the front door but I do watch Police File on the TV when there is nothing else on.
PS. I don't call the gull Gordon after our elected mayor even though they are similar in their single minded determination to do persistent and stupid things, Gordon pecking endlessly on the window and Gordon Oliver, the mayor, planning to spend £600 000 on a feasibility study to see if he can then go on to spend up to £175 million to build a 3rd harbour here in Torquay to attract cruise ships to dock here. He, the mayor that is, not the gull, says it will benefit the local economy having cruise ship passengers visit here. Well cruise ships do come to Torquay now and then and most of the few passengers that do come ashore immediately board waiting coaches to travel to Exeter, Plymouth or Dartmoor. Very few make it to the vast number of boarded up shops in Fleet St and Union St. So, coach companies, Exeter, Plymouth and Dartmoor will benefit but that isn't what I would call the local economy. I have managed to stop one Gordon but it will take more than a few spikes to stop the other Gordon.