It made me giggle to read about scary stick banging against the guttering and catch-rattling, I thought I'm the only one doing that
They are a nuisance, I admit, and they don't seem to be very bright. But I might be totally wrong there since they are doing really well in surviving and adapting to any conditions. Their only saving grace is that they are not aggressive birds, they seem to get on with everyone, birds, humans, other animals ... they are fine with all other living beings, I do like that about them
. Sure, they have a bit of a scuffle from time to time but thats usually just a bit of pushing and wing flapping on the tray, and thats that.
They definitely don't deserve the tag "flying rats" ! It might sound like a conspiracy theory, but I wouldn't put it past the pest control companies for spreading that idea. Yes, they can theoretically pass a certain virus to humans but when did that actually happen? We all know people who had food poisoning (or we had it ourselves) at some point, much more likely than virus passing by FP, but we don't avoid all food shops/eating places