Smell the roses, hear the birds, see the life, and revel in the beauty of nature.

And try to remember what we’re loosing.

Kathy LaFollett
5 min readAug 7


Gullfather made his presence clear a few years back by bringing a hundred of his crew to our backyard. I’d been feeding Muscovy ducks. Florida speckled and mallards. Boat-tailed blackbirds, crow, blue jay, scrub jay, raven, cardinal, finch, and grackle. Gullfather decided enough was enough. For them. It was the gull’s turn.

Gullfather arrived early, alone. Perched on top of the tallest line pole over looking the field behind our yard, our backyard, and the full length of the tidal canal, Tinney Creek. He told me of my lack of respect for the family. My week or so of feeding would be an apology.

Gull circling on the forage for food.
Gullfather, to the right, on the line pole. Watching his family fly in once terms were negotiated.
Me paying the pizzo to Gullfather and his Gullbinos. And two Muscovy ducks tolerate the chaos.
Jack Crow brings in his murder when he sees the action.

Tourists are encouraged not to feed the gull on the beach or anywhere else. They’re messy. Loud. Demanding. Relentless. Conniving. Planning. Expecting the more when more has already been given. (This applies to tourists during Spring Break) There is no ordinance or law backing up any local’s requests though. You can until you can’t. St Petersburg city municipal code has your back as far as endeavoring to enjoy our lusty gulls’ company:


Nothing in this subsection prohibits any person from feeding any animals or fowl or performing any humanitarian act or kindness with respect to animals or fowl so long as such act is performed within the boundaries and limitations of (i) any City park and is not in violation of any park rule; (ii) the municipal pier district and is not in violation of any rule established for the municipal pier district; or (iii) any other place that is consistent with or which has been set aside for the propagation and care of animals or fowl.