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More on Sabine's Gull
"Shirley Cook" <>
Tue, 13 Mar 2007 06:49:04 +1100
David Capen has replied to my request for clarification re location of the
gull. Here is what he says:
"I'm sorry for the confusion. We were walking along North Beach toward
Urunga. We first spotted the gull almost to the river outlet. The gull and
the group of crested terns that it was with then flew along the beach to a
point just across from the end of the boardwalk. We flushed them again and
they went back to where we had initially seen them, on North Beach proper.
"I mentioned the boardwalk just as a landmark for where we had seen them
across the river, but also because I'm sure someone could have seen the
birds easily enough with a spotting scope from the boardwalk.
"I'm sorry to hear that no one observed the bird today. I hope it is still
about. The gull seemed to be pretty attached to the group of terns.
If anyone is considering going to search for the gull, please refer to my
earlier posting with a description of the area. I feel sure that the gull
is no longer there. David Capen walked the length of North Beach between
Mylestom and the river mouth - a very long walk indeed.
Our group yesterday walked part of the way down the beach but there were
dogs and also 4WD tracks. Then in Urunga we had the telescope trained on
the terns across the river from the boardwalk. There was no sign of
anything unusual amongst them.
Birds Australia - Northern NSW Group
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