This is the time of year Lubbock is overtaken by Canadian geese. You'll see thousands of them all across the city as they fly over and congregate around the few ponds and lakes they can find. These geese are a normal part of Lubbock winter, but have you noticed their friends that have been hanging out with them?
I don't know if I've just never seen them before or if they're new here, but there are a bunch of seagulls all around Lubbock right now.
I first noticed them last week while driving past one of the cities few bodies of water. I saw hundreds of geese hanging out on land and in the water, but then I noticed a couple of birds flying over the water. I soon realized they were seagulls and I was completely caught off guard. I've never noticed seagulls in Lubbock before this, and only ever previously seen them when visiting California or Florida.
I know that they don't have to live along a coast and that you'll mainly find them hanging around eating trash, but I definitely didn’t expect to see any in Lubbock. Especially since I had never seen them here before in the past five years I've been living in Lubbock. I accept that I can miss things and not be the most observant at times, but you'd think I would have noticed these big white birds flying around the city earlier.
Once I noticed them for the first time, I couldn’t stop seeing them everywhere. I saw them at the South Plains Mall's parking lot, outside of Chipotle, and even flying over my house. So either someone recently released a bunch of seagulls in Lubbock or some sort of blinders have been removed from my eyes so that I can see all of them hanging around town.