Seagulls decoded – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. Story begins after the photo.

Genre: Science Fiction/Satire
Word Count: 100

Copyright: Me

Seagulls decoded

CHICAGO – For centuries, scientists have believed that the language of birds is nothing more than calls, conveying crude communication. Anders Jeppesen, at the University of Chicago, believed differently. Recently, his sophisticated computer program cracked the code in the speech of Seagulls.

For the past year, the program was worked on a video taken of an encounter between a Seagull from Chicago and one from New York. Here is a transcript detailing the incredibly sophisticated communication between the birds:

Chicago Seagull: Deep-dish pizza is best!
New York Seagull: No! Thin-crust pizza is best!
Chicago Seagull: Thick!
New York Seagull: Thin!


Author’s Note: This week, I’m proud to write a story from my own photo. Yehey! When Shey and I visited the beach at Toronto Island, we found this one seagull that bullied all the others. He’d walk up to them, squawking, and start a fight. Finally, he started a fight with a larger bird and lost. He didn’t feel like fighting any more after that. This pic was taken during that combat.

Each week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields presents an image (donated by many of the Fictioneers) as a writing prompt for 100 words of fiction. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to join this merry band of literary minds. Here’s this week’s original prompt:


About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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51 Responses to Seagulls decoded – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Skye says:

    Wonderful photo….Funny post!! Thank you. πŸ™‚


  2. julie mc says:

    Which one was Gertrude? Heathcliff?


  3. Al says:

    This is fantastic haha. Only younglings as well. Probably why they like pizza so much πŸ™‚


  4. Very funny. Even the seagulls get involved in complex questions that need an answer.


  5. Nice to hear the picture’s history. I’ll take either thin or thick crust, thank you! πŸ™‚


  6. Sandra says:

    Great photo and nice take on the prompt. Thanks for the photo and the explanation. I’d actually thought it was a mother bird feeding a younger one.


  7. Dear E.A.

    I love the photo. You really captured the action. I don’t think you need to capitalize seagull. Through thick or thin, the conflict goes unresolved. Nice one.




    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Rochelle, and I’m glad you were able to use one of my pics. I’m honored actually. I have a habit of throwing in capitals in odd places. Thanks for catching that. Perhaps one day, the debate of thick or thin will conclude, but it still rages from the human world unto the seagull world. πŸ˜‰


  8. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear EA,

    Thanks for the great picture this week. It is nice to hear the real story behind it. Good job.




  9. Indira says:

    Superb photograph and what a conversation. All this conflict over pizza only?


  10. gingerpoetry says:

    Thanks for the funny story – and for the story behind the photo!


  11. I must side with the New York gull. This is always best.


  12. Jacey Faye says:

    Thank you for the story and the photo both! I quite enjoyed the prompt itself, as well as your response to it. πŸ™‚


  13. MrBinks says:

    Nice work, very funny πŸ˜€


  14. zookyworld says:

    Thanks for this photo — and for the funny story. Your photo is a great prompt for a wide variety of stories. And your story is fun, a good setup with the scientific beginning and the complex dialogue. Hey, why wouldn’t gulls argue over food — it’s important to them!


    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks so much for the lovely comments. I really appreciate it. I’m glad the pic worked for you.

      And, yeah, I would imagine seagulls argue about food quite a lot. They probably know the best places to eat in town.


  15. rgayer55 says:

    Deep dish, thin crust, I like ’em both. Especially as long as someone else is buying. I’m sure the birds say some nasty things about us, then have a good laugh when we don’t understand what they’re saying.


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  17. I have to say, when in Chicago, Deep Dish is definitely the way to go! But no one knows Thin Crust like New York; and you can quote me. Fun story, and compelling photo. I saw it and the sound of squawking took me right to my story. πŸ™‚


    • EagleAye says:

      I was raised on on deep-dish, there I revealed my true position, but I have had some mighty good thin-crust too. Variety is good. It’s the spice of life, so I’m happy to change up here and there. I’m glad the photo inspired you. That’s when art is most successful. πŸ™‚


  18. Linda Vernon says:

    Haha!! I think that’s exactly what seagulls would be taking about! πŸ˜€


    • EagleAye says:

      That’s what I’m thinking. They might also argue about which restaurants have the best fries, and which patrons are the coolest, because they throw the fries…;)


  19. Honie Briggs says:

    Science is awesome, isn’t it? I wanna get that computer program and plug in some conversations that go on around my house so I can figure out what all the squawking is about. Thanks for sharing the pic. It was a great prompt.


    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks much for the kind words! I appreciate it. I love science, and I’d like to have that program too. We feed the birds on our patio. So I’d like to hear the bird’s critique of the various food I put out. πŸ˜‰


  20. pattisj says:

    Sea gulls are vicious toward one another. Nice shot. I’ll take my crust THICK.


  21. Wow, so it’s a debate that transcends species. This is the sort of breakthrough that would break the scientific community, I suspect. πŸ™‚


  22. Great photo and funny story.


  23. hugmamma says:

    Creative writing at its best! BTW…I prefer…thin… πŸ™‚


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