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Seagull Mayhem

Seagull Mayhem

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Seagulls trash Aliso Beach.

Aliso Beach in South Laguna has always been a favorite hangout for the local seagull population and thus experiences what I would call seagull mayhem.  Often called flying rats, this bird type is often a source of annoyance at Aliso.  I have personally seen a seagull swoop down on a little girl and snatch a sandwich out of her hand sending her in tears to her parents.  I have also seen a seagull reach it’s beak into a trash can from the top and fish out a half eaten burrito that he flew off in to the distance with.  I didn’t know they liked Mexican Food!  LOL!  No one is safe around them when food is present, and if you leave food unattended, they will get into it while your back is turned.  They tend to congregate around set ups looking for something to pick at and drag away unbeknownst to people and families who have momentarily turned their backs on these intelligent and pestering birds.

Maybe seagull mayhem happens because this small slice of Laguna is their home, or maybe it is because people who frequent this beach are feeding them.  I have seen a man roll up in a small SUV early in the morning driving around the parking lotMore likely the reasons for their behavior are a combination of both, with seagulls present daily morning to night and emboldened by those who offer them a free meal.  Do these things even know how to catch fish anymore?  This is a legitimate question.

One of the problems associated with the congregation of local seagulls at Aliso Beach, is that they bathe in waters of Aliso Creek backed up at the high tide berm at the beach.  Seagulls are made to poop as they take flight to lighten their load.  As regular visitors to the creek waters, the fecal bacteria counts in that creek water are pretty much always elevated.  Add to this the people that feed them and the overstuffed trash cans from summer beach days and you have the recipe for nasty water.  Inevitably, the creek breaks the berm and empties its content into the waters of Aliso Beach carrying along all the pollution, bacteria and toxicity to the waters we play in.  To say that seagulls wreak havoc on the beach is an understatement.

Yesterday I checked the surf before 7:00 am and seagull mayhem was on full display.  Trashcans that were spilling over with trash and half eaten items was ripe for the picking through by our local seagulls.  They ripped the trash cans apart spreading chip bags and food wrappers all over the beach.  It is probably a good idea that the trash is emptied during the summer season and holiday weekends at night rather than early in the morning.  If not, we can expect that seagulls will spread half the content of the trash cans all over the beach as they fight each other for whatever scraps they can pull out.

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New Years Day


New years eve and new years day were extremely quiet for me.  I did head up to the office in Costa Mesa on New Year’s eve to find a new IPAD Pro left for me by the owner of the company.  He and I have been through thick and thin together.  Seeing his company grow like that was the best thing that could have happened to us in 2015 and it sets up what could be an incredible 2016.  I fell asleep around 10 that night as the days of Rose Parade route festivities, New Years hotel parties, Teke parties and drunken madness have all fallen out of sight in the rear view mirror.  I just can’t do it anymore and nor do I want to try.

On New Years Day, I went to the Laguna Foundation For the Arts Gallery to check on a partition wall being built for the Scotty Carter Art showroom.  It is getting close to being done and should be ready for art walk Laguna on January 7th, 2015.  There is lots of cool stuff going on at this new gallery with many exciting announcements to come.  While talking to Tony Cox, the lead partner in the foundation, I was also trying to coordinate an interview with the first Mexican female, professional skim boarder Diana Rosa.  I happened to meet her in the parking lot at Aliso Beach one evening at sunset and I was really taken aback by her energy.  After learning of who she was and talking with her, I realized that she would be someone that I would love to interview for the website.

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What are you eating?

On the first day of 2016, our schedules just couldn’t line up.  I waited at Aliso Beach for a couple of hours before a transportation issue delayed Diana and forced me to reschedule. I arranged to meet with her on the second so there is an interview coming with her that I am sure will be an interesting read.  While I waited for Diana on New Years Day, a couple was sitting at the tables over by the Sand’s Cafe. The dude had a to go box of fries and the natives became restless.  Those natives I speak of were, of course, the local seagull population that has never passed on the opportunity for a free meal.  As the couple began to sense the interest in their food, I told them that it could get ugly. Advising them that seagulls routinely steal food from people at Aliso Beach, the dude asked me if the birds would come down and beat him. I thought to myself, these are seagulls not vultures!  I told him no but that for a couple of fries they might buzz his head and do fly by maneuvers in attempt to separate fries from his grip.  He and his lady friend decided they had seen enough, but I noticed the dude was irritated with me.  The birds were circling and more were arriving by the second.  If you attract one gull the rest of them don’t want to miss out on an opportunity for a snack and promptly join in.

As he walked away, he did something that was super not cool.  As he headed towards the parking lot with his to go box of fries, he through a handful at my feet as I sat at the table. A cloud of seagulls descended over my head and to the ground to enjoy that seagull delicacy known as french fries.  I wasn’t happy!  All I could do was cover my head and hope that the seagull frenzy did not result in an excited seagull leaving a steaming pile on my head.  I dodged a bullet there and came out unscathed.  It’s like yea bro, Happy freaking New Year to you!  Any enjoyment he got from putting me in the seagull swarm was short lived because they fought over a few scraps and then followed he and his girlfriend to the parking lot.  When he realized that he had not gotten far enough from the hungry gulls he surrendered throwing his box of fries to the ground while sprinting for the beach.  I call that karma homey!  Here I tried to give you friendly advice and you threw those fries in my direction so I would be in a mob of flying sea birds.  You are only as good as the last fry you give them and if you have more, remember they are coming for you!  That was a classless thing to do to start the New Year.  Oh well!  As for me it was an interesting New Years Day to start 2016 in what is shaping up to be an amazing year for me.

Thanks for reading the stories on this site.  It is a lot of work and at times hard to come up with cool things to cover.  I am working harder to find thing to publish and ways to keep this website fresh and fun!  It should be a good year, and as I have always stressed, I am interested in collaboration with artists, skim boarders, photographers, surfers, body boarders, Lagunatics and anyone else that loves Aliso Beach to make this website an incredible representation of South Laguna, its beach culture, and water sports.  Email me at info@alisobeach.com if interested.

Photo Credit:  Scotty Carter


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