This summer season has been very busy for the old ship and quite exciting for the boys and gulls in the Avian Squadron. First of all we had a nest that was built on the ship by Charles and Claudia De Gull and that caused a lot of chatter amongst the troops and the crew as well as the visitors. Unfortunately it did not produce any new chicks, but the De Gull Family did get a lot of notoriety from the visitors during one of the cruises.
Then there were more visitors to the pier than I have seen in many a year and that generated a lot of free food for the birds. One of our favorite snacks is the bread bowl that is served filled with soup. Sometimes the soup is still in it when we get it and we get to pick out the clams and other fish that is left. Terrific stuff, but you have to fight off those pesky pigeons.
Percival C. Gull scores a bread bowl and he is rightfully wary of the pigeons stalking his find.
Then we had a lot of sailboats out on the water and big crowds watching them zip around. There must have been some kind of special event going on because I have never seen so many boats and the large crowds lining the shoreline. Continue reading
I took a little break from hanging around Fisherman’s Wharf the other day and hitched a ride out beyond the big orange bridge on a small fishing boat. The rest of the boys flew out, but I camped out on the top of a boat that was loaded with tourist fishermen and fisherwomen. Not a bad crowd and they did have lots of snacks that they were willing to share.
Of course I did not think that I was going to catch a salmon, but they use small frozen fish for bait and upon occasion they either drop them of take them off the hook and throw them overboard. I scored about 6 or 7 bait fish with little or no effort along with some potato chips and bagel pieces.
Charter boat fishing
As we left the dock at Fisherman’s Wharf we went out behind the ship and I saw the back end where Claudia and Charlie have their nest. Nothing going on and from their standpoint I know they are getting frustrated. The ship does look nice with the new paint job. Continue reading
Cruise ship near Fisherman’s Wharf.
While we were cruising around the Golden Gate Bridge the other day for the Birthday party I heard one of the crew members say that there is going to be a cruise to celebrate chocolate! What a terrific idea. One of the things everyone should know is that the vast majority of the time spent by your average gull is in a search for food. To suggest that this is an all consuming quest would not be an understatement. Continue reading
While we were cruising around the Bay for Memorial Day we came across a strange looking sailboat. It has a very tall mast and what looks like an airplane wing for a sail. Instead of one hull it has two and they are connected by a net that the sailors run around on. Very strange!
The Oracle 45 foot catamaran doing test runs on San Francisco Bay during the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration.
Rumor has it that there are going to be lots and lots of people for the sailboat races and that is good news for the avian squadron. More people means more tourists and that means more food for the troops!
The ship is right near the area where the races will start and we hope that the bird population will benefit from the crowds. Continue reading
Mohandas K. Gandhi statue on the Ferry Landing
Now that the ship is back in action and taking cruises on San Francisco Bay all of the avian squadron is happy. I flew toward the big bridge and landed at the Ferry Building to take a look around. One of my favorite statues is next to the Ferry Terminal and it was nice to see that the mess created by some of our younger members has been cleaned up.
The avian squadron hanging out on the ship
Across the street from the Ferry Building at the funny looking fountain, which never seems to be flowing, some of the boys were playing in the little bit of water left and scrounging food during lunch. Continue reading
This is the first trip of the year for the ship and we are going to be cruising around in the Bay looking for another ship. It seems that an old Battleship has been fixed up and is going to be towed south down the coast to become a museum.
Things are looking up in terms of food, however, since we seem to have lots of people on board and it looks as though there is going to be a lunch served or something.
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream coming on board
This is pallet is loaded with ice cream. What are they thinking? Gulls don’t eat ice cream! Maybe there will be some bread or fish somewhere.
Well, it turns out that we left the pier after waiting for a bunch of sailboats to pass by on their way out toward the Golden Gate Bridge. We fastened onto a tiny tugboat and they pulled us away from the pier and we headed north past the islands in the Bay. We cruised around for quite a while until we found this narrow channel near a bunch of big round tanks. Continue reading