PHOTO: Seagull Lands On Transformer, Knocks Out Power, Dies

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following post contains a gruesome photo taken at the scene of a recent Burien crime. We suggest that this story not be shared with any Readers under the age of 18 16 13 10 7, nor any birds who may recognize the victim:]

BTB Reader Ed Dacy sent us the following shellphone cellphone pic, which he took last Sunday (Jan 30th) of a dead Seagull that apparently landed on a transformer and knocked out power near Elmer’s Pub, at the intersection of SW 151st and Ambaum Blvd. SW:

“There was a loud pop, then the lights went out at the building in which Elmer’s is located,” Ed said. “City Light showed up in about 30 minutes and said it probably was a crow on the transformer. The bartender told them to look at their feet. They saw the Seagull and said that’s different – it’s a Seagull all right.”

The Seagull’s identity has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin, but there’s a good chance the victim was someone’s Gullfriend, so please be careful what kinds of Comments you leave below.

We’re not sure who cawed this incident in, and City Light would not say whether the bird’s family would be given a Bill for the on-scene crew fees incurred by the outage.

We’re also unsure who disposed of the body, but we are pretty sure that Burien’s new Animal Control did not show up.

No word yet on when or where a memorial service will be held, but expect to see some kind of tribute at Elmer’s Pub.

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11 Responses to “PHOTO: Seagull Lands On Transformer, Knocks Out Power, Dies”
  1. Eaton B. Verz says:

    AAAHHH, The big question is” What was Mr. Dacy doing at Elmers on a Sunday?” A clandestine meeting with Mr. Martin,perhaps?? Just kidding… In the same vein as the article

  2. Kathi says:

    Is it just me or is that a really small Seagull?

  3. Lee Moyer says:

    Some thoughts:
    The city light crew probably presumes they are crows because most bird carcasses found by blown transformers are charcoal colored.
    Maybe if the E P bartender had been a little more responsible and not served the gull his last drink, he would have been able to avoid the transformer. Where is that lawyer who advertises on the B-town blog.
    The next order of buffalo wings from Elmer’s Pub might be a little stringy and taste a little fishy.

  4. napavine says:

    O.K. that was fowl.

  5. Justin says:

    It looks to me like his buddies got the flock outta there after it happened.

  6. Snarky says:

    Hey Lee you could represent that poor bird beucase he “can’t go speak for himself”, like you do for all those who can’t speak in Burien. Can’t figure out a way to blame the folks on Lake Burien for this one? City light, heck that’s almost as good as blaming the port or the weed yanking landowners. But why not sue a small business owner on and make fun of attorney’s on your way?

    • Eaton B. Verz says:

      Well, If the residents around the lake weren’t a bunch of elitists that poor seagull could have been hanging out at the lake!! Instead he gave up his life slumming at Elmers. At least he died on the good side of ambaum. Citizens of Burien… Wake up and smell the algee… Lets allow seaguls at lake burien! Sorry, public not welcome,tho…..

  7. citizen says:

    I heard they are having a wake this week-end. The band for the night is Flock of Seagulls..

  8. A friend of the gull says:

    the name of the Seagul was J Linvenston Seagull the XI. Services have been held, we left the bofy for viewing until Tuesday, high on Bill’s Holly Bush. Then we had a service and returned him to the sea off of Three Tree point, where he lived most of his young life. He was tempted to go inland of rumors of a beuatiful body of water called lake Burien. But the beuaty of it disoriated him and he came to rest on the transformer. In honor of him we gulls are going to try and hit 6 cars an hour atound lake Buring on this Sunday at 6pm

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