Lake Burley Griffin - Pied Cormorants and Silver Gulls.

To: 'Martin Butterfield' <>, 'Rod Mackay' <>
Subject: Lake Burley Griffin - Pied Cormorants and Silver Gulls.
From: Steve Read <>
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 05:21:16 +0000

The fire was on Springbank Island, not Spinnaker Island. It was first reported in the media as being on Spinnaker Island, then corrected.




From: Martin Butterfield <>
Sent: Sunday, 17 November 2019 4:06 PM
To: Rod Mackay <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Lake Burley Griffin - Pied Cormorants and Silver Gulls.


According to fires near me there was a bush fire on Spinnaker Island yesterday.  Did that interfere with the gulls?



On Sun, 17 Nov 2019 at 14:26, Rod Mackay <> wrote:

There were 3 Pied Cormorants just off the eastern side of Black Mountain
Peninsula while I was paddling yesterday, and again today at least 3,
possibly 4 near Springbank Island.

Has anyone recently done a count of the Silver Gulls around the lake?
Huge numbers presently on Spinnaker Island and the waters thereabouts,
my estimate would be a thousand plus.  I also counted 50 dead birds (in
addition to a dead kangaroo)  over a 60 metre stretch on the island,
adult birds as well as chicks and juveniles, plus several more dead
lying at the waters edge.  Is this a normal pattern for a breeding gull



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