Now, I call that a simply heroic attempt. Look at the careful hyphenation; look at the use of a bold font; look at the use of the word exalted (a seagull! Exalted!). I am genuinely filled with awe and admiration.
Here is a recording of a herring gull call:
...and I'm afraid I have to say that, for all the skill and dedication of Svensson and Grant, the description isn't actually very effectively...descriptive, is it?
Though it's most definitely not the writers' fault.
Let's have a look at the entry for the House Sparrow.
A great variety of simple chirping or chattering sounds, varied in details according to situation and mood. During courtship, long series of well-spaced monosyllabic chirps slightly varied throughout, e.g. chilp chev chilp chelp chürp...in irritation, typical rattling cher'r'r'r'r'r.
And here is the real thing:
Now, I'm pretty certain that no one on Earth could have done that description better - but it does show the sad limits of the alphabet, doesn't it.
Mind you, YouTube is fabulous.
Word To Use Today: errr...something in either Herring Gull or House Sparrow? Chelp!