Where have all the Silver Gulls gone?

To: Roger Giller <>, birding-aus <>
Subject: Where have all the Silver Gulls gone?
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 07:35:18 +1000
Roger, I see that no one has replied to your query online. I would expect Silver Gulls to be breeding at this time of year. I have seen breeding colonies at this time of year, though can't say if this is the case all around the country. Additionally, all the inland rain has no doubt set up suitable inland breeding conditions for Silver Gulls. Perhaps people might offer information about Silver Gull presence right now in their familiar places. Is anyone aware of breeding now?



Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

26° 51' 41"S  152° 56' 00"E

On 20/09/2010 11:29 PM, Roger Giller wrote:
Last week I was with family and friends at Sussex Inlet for 6 days, fishing and 
sightseeing with a bit of birding when practicable. One thing that I noted was 
an almost complete absence of Silver Gulls. In the whole time we saw no more 
than about 5 or 6.

We were on the water for a total of about 25 hours over the period, both on St Georges 
Basin and in the inlet/river itself. Each time we cleaned fish at the private jetty 
attached to the house we stayed in there were between 1 and 5 Pelicans who arrived before 
we had the boat tied up, but not a single Silver Gull. The house backs on to one of the 
"canals" and has great views over the water. When not out fishing or 
sightseeing we just sat and admired the view. Lots of birds to see, but no Silver Gulls.

Far more numerous than the Silver Gulls were Masked Lapwings on almost any open 
grassed area, and approximately a hundred Cormorants, mainly Little black and 
Little Pied.

Highlight of the week was my first Eastern Bristlebird, at Cave Beach in 
Booderee National Park. We stood on the boardwalk to the lookout and it just 
walked out of the scrub directly below us. I put a photo on ABID.

Roger Giller.

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