One of the endearing quirks of the island is the hoard of Herring Gulls that swarms beach intruders. It’s also one of the hazards of field work, because along with dive-bombing, the gulls use well aimed poop bombs to drive predators, such as researchers, away from their nests. I have found the Yellow Warblers often nest near the beach, close to gull nests, perhaps because the gulls’ aggressive behavior provides commensalistic protection. This gull’s poop missed, but it continued to dive bomb me and afforded some cool pictures.

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