Duluth, Minnesota: Steven Seagull, Polite Knocker

A persistent, hungry bird that's been tapping on the front door of a motel -- for doughnuts -- since 2001.

Super 8

4100 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN
Super 8. I-35 exit 253B. Drive west on N. 40th Ave. W., then turn left onto W. 1st St./W. Superior St.
Mid-March - mid-Nov. Steven shows up a few times during the day. (Call to verify)
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Steven Seagull, Polite Knocker

Steven Seagull is still knocking on our front door after 19 years! So many people have asked how we know it's the same bird. He knocks -- and if we don't hear him, he squawks loudly. He also chases the other gulls away. He leaves in mid-November and returns in mid-March. We know it may not be many more years, but we wait each Spring for him to return.

[jodi Chambers, 09/28/2019]

Steven has a fondness for doughnuts. Maybe they're the secret ingredient fueling his endurance.

Steven Seagull - Polite Knocker

According to the front desk, Steven still comes around. I waited about 15 minutes and a seagull came within about a foot of the door. Did not tap but maybe wasn't that hungry. Would have to say that's pretty close.

[Max Chester, 07/11/2016]

Steven Seagull greets visitors.

Steven Seagull - Polite Knocker

Steven Seagull is alive and well as of July 27th, 2015!

[Chase Fisher, 07/28/2015]
Steven Seagull - Polite Knocker

Steven is still knocking on the door for donuts. It's his ninth year! This year's new addition: he has a pigeon posse! He chases off all other birds but has let two pigeons hang around. He still won't let them eat but they try to steal food from him anyway. He has been here quite often each day this spring.

[jodi - motel manager, 04/20/2010]

Steven Seagull.

Steven Seagull - Polite Knocker

The Super 8 Motel of Duluth has a gull they call "Steven Seagull" that has returned for the 4th year this year that knocks on the glass front door for doughnuts. He chases away other gulls. When they feed him small pieces of doughnut, he will catch them in the air. In April 2006 Steven was mentioned in all the local newspapers and TV stations and even was featured on CNN.

Photo by Justin Hayworth.

[Jodi, 07/24/2006]

Our advice: start raising funds for a statue now, while he's hot. Steven was still visiting as of March 2008.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Lake Superior Railroad MuseumLake Superior Railroad Museum, Duluth, MN - 3 mi.
World of Accordions MuseumWorld of Accordions Museum, Superior, WI - 3 mi.
F-101 Jet on a StickF-101 Jet on a Stick, Proctor, MN - 4 mi.
In the region:
Buffalo Statue, Duluth, MN - 8 mi.

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