Dark headed Gull at South Mole Fremantle WA

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Subject: Dark headed Gull at South Mole Fremantle WA
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2004 20:30:45 +0800

Tom Delaney has reported a dark headed gull yesterday (Monday 5th) at the South Mole at Fremantle harbour.

Unfortunately he didn't get full details as he only saw the bird in flight. Smaller than a Silver Gull, dark head (nearly a full hood), dark upperwings.

He looked for it briefly today at lunch time but didn't relocate it.

He initially thought it might be a Sabine's Gull mainly because of its small size, but he did not see white secondaries, so this is unlikely. If you see the bird, then take note of the upper wings details, and the colour around the eye. Sabine's is also the least likely as it tends to be more pelagic, and it doesn't tend to hang around for long. So Franklin's is most likely, with maybe Laughing or perhaps Black-headed being chances.

I am busy at the moment, but I hope to make some time to look for it in the next two days.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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