Stumpy is a seagull with no feet. He is our “pet” seagull. It all started when I decided to feed the “poor little sparrows” on the old carport roof. We have extended the decking at the back of our house. We also still have an old carport next to this decking. That is about to be pulled down and decking put there at a lower level for an outdoor living area. Half of this new decking area will still have a roof….the importance of which will be become clear as I continue this story. So, each morning I was throwing leftover bread crusts and biscuits and other stuff I thought sparrows might like onto the carport roof. Over the months we have got quite a little sparrow family happening. I think we started with about 4 that were regulars……now we think we have about 30!! I love making my morning coffee and sitting on the decking watching them feed on the crumbs and do sparrow stuff…..like feed on crumbs! We have called them the “Breakfast Club”. I now buy a cheap loaf of grain bread every week especially for the Breakfast Club!! I was getting white….but I figured if I was a member of the Breakfast Club I would prefer grain because it was more filling and interesting……so grain it is!! They are nice and safe up there on the roof away from my cats.
So, if I am a bit late throwing out the Breakfast Clubs breakfast they start carrying on and making lots of noise until I do! I have become quite attached to them and even paid Georgie’s daughter to feed them every morning for me when we went on holiday. I paid her $10 a week…..a fortune for a 6yr old!! So, one morning I am sitting there and a seagull circles overhead. Then he comes in to land on the roof……..but he kind of bounced on his bum and aborted his landing and did another couple of circles. I thought “Great!!” I don’t have anything against seagulls. It is just that where there is one there is usually a bloody 100 and I thought he and his mates would come swooping in and steal all the Breakfast Club’s breakfast.
Anyhow, he managed to land….must have been a crosswind!! Then I noticed that he was standing funny on the corrugated iron roof and that his feet seemed to be missing. I thought it was just because it was an uneven surface and his feet were hidden by the ripple in the iron. But NO……he bloody well had no feet!! He kind of walks on his bottom joints below his “knees”. I called Ricky and he was immediately christened Stumpy by us…..very imaginative name!
So, we make up stories to amuse ourselves about Stumpy … like how he lost his feet. Did a fish bite them off….surely he didn’t just float there once the first one was bitten off and wait for the fish to bite the 2nd one off? Or else it was a farking big fish and he bit both Stumpy’s feet off with one bite! Or maybe he got fishing line tangled around them and it cut off the circulation and they dropped off…..that is my bet. So, anyhow, we have got quite attached to Stumpy and he never seemed to have any friends. He just arrives every morning for the last four weeks, does his graceful arse landing and gets his share of the bread.
He even comes right over to the edge of the roof now and cocks his head to the side when we talk to him. You know, the ususual stuff you would say to a seagull, like “Morning Stumpy” or “Morning Stumpy, are the fish running today?” or “Morning Stumpy, did ya get a bit last night mate?” We have become quite attached to our little handicapped seagull friend. He has missed a day or two….but always turns up in the end.
Well, this morning, Stumpy turns up and joins in with the breakfast club and then what do you know!!!????…..half a dozen or so other seagulls come in to land with him!! I am like Ricky, Ricky….come here quick….Stumpy has brought some friends home!! Then I started whinging because I didn’t want other seagulls on our roof because they scare the breakfast club and poop everywhere. I said, “I hope this doesn’t become a habit with Stumpy bringing extras for breakfast”. Ricky said, “Yeah……but isn’t it nice that he felt comfortable enough to ask his friends over” 🙂
So, my question is…….do you think we need committing???? 🙂
My camera doesn’t zoom in very well, so you can’t see his “handicap”…..but here is Stumpy…
We are going to leave half the roof area over our new decking…..good for shade, but more importantly, Stumpy needs a landing strip and we haven’t got the heart to totally pull down the “clubhouse” for the Breakfast Club 🙂