|There wiz a filey a fyow 'ear ago fin the skuas (Stercorarius
parasiticus I think) were threatenin tae oust the herring gulls fae their breeding
places on the cliffs alang the coast hereaboots. They get their mait by chasing ither
birds till they throw up 'n then they ate the vomit. They hiv shorter tails than ither
gows and they cruise aboot maist o the time lookin for a victim and then mak fest,
hawk-like doon-dashes. So they're a queer mixtir o gracefulness and menace.
||Several years ago skuas (Stercorarius parasiticus) were
threatening to displace herring gulls as main nesters on the local sea cliffs. Skuas
feed by harassing other birds in flight and eating the disgorgements. They cruise looking
for victims upon whom they swoop in hawk-like manner. They blend gracefulness with menace.