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The Seagull Windvane

Here is a fun way to tell which way the wind is blowing if you can’t feel it: look up and around to find some seagulls.

If there is a breeze blowing, seagulls align themselves so that they are facing into wind. They do this for two good reasons.

Firstly it requires the least effort and is the most stable way for them to rest – it stops the wind ruffling their feathers.

Secondly, they land and take off into wind, so if they need to take off in a hurry, this is the best way to be facing.

If you notice that the seagulls are all facings in different directions it means that there is little or no wind.

If you like these sorts of signs, then there are lots more in the books

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