Seagulls at night

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Subject: Seagulls at night
From: Steve Read <>
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:00:30 +0000

I was walking near Parliament House after dark this week and noticed the large number of seagulls (Silver Gulls) flying around the lighted flagpole. Quite mesmerising to watch. I’ve also seen seagulls do similar at other lighted locations after dark, such as floodlit supermarket carparks or sports grounds. They presumably do this for hours at a time.


Does anyone know if there is any established explanation for this behaviour? Why are the gulls attracted to these lights? Are there really enough moths around to attract that many birds?



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