This is Bob. Bob is a seagull. He is a clean seagull and he is well fed. Why is Bob well fed? Well, he lives on the island of Newfoundland. In the village of Bareneed if you want to be specific. Right next to the fishing community and harbour of Port de Grave.
Bob probably eats fish and a lot of it. But, Bob eats a few other things and not always at the harbour. Bob also eats at The Bayside Bed and Breakfast. And he eats well, can't you tell?
Bob first started visiting last spring. I think he was intrigued by this 'lady' that got up very early and moved back in forth in this room right by these big windows. (um, the kitchen Bob)
Well, this lady (me!) noticed Bob and decided that she would give him a few leftovers from the day before because she loves animals. And birds. And Bob is a bird so I kind of liked him. At first, he wouldn't let me get too close to him but I think that you can see by this picture at the right, he's not too shy right now.
Actually, Bob started getting a little impatient with me at the start. If I wasn't quick enough for his breakfast, he would land on our skylight and start pecking on the glass. I guess not too annoying except that he would do it at 6:00 in the morning when our guests were still probably asleep. I actually had to start lobbing my oven mitts at the skylight to scare him off! Can't have grumpy guests! So, he pretty much behaved himself.
And then, he decided that he wanted to share in his bounty, so...Billy Bob! Now, I know that this could just as easily be Roberta and not Bob. And as best as I can ascertain, and I'm not a professional birdwatcher, I believe Bob is a black-tailed gull. The females look very much like the males, so I really don't know and they haven't said.
Bob and Billy Bob have become such a hit around here, that guests actually line up at the dining room window so they can take pictures of these handsome fellas when they come in and have their breakfast.
Some will even leave a piece of toast or a bite or two of one of my muffins so that these two don't go without. Some may be insulted that their baking is not demolished by the paying guests, but I'm not offended. Saves me from defrosting my bread out of the freezer!
If you'd like to keep up with Bob and Billy Bob's exploits, follow us on Instagram! And if you happen to snap a shot of our feathered friends during your stay, be sure to post them using #baysidebob.
Isn't he a handsome fellow?