"black headed" gull at St Kilda, Victoria

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Subject: "black headed" gull at St Kilda, Victoria
From: "Sean Dooley" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:22:59 +1100
G’day to all,

There was a report this morning from visiting British birder John Leighton
(I hope I got the name and the nationality right!) of a gull with a black
head flying north along St Kilda beach towards Port Melbourne. Being
familiar with Black-headed Gull in Europe, John assumed it was this species
until he consulted a local field guide and realised what an absolute
crippler this would be in southern Australia. Unfortunately he did not get a
good view of the wing pattern and thus Franklin’s or Laughing Gull can’t be
ruled out.

After a tip off from Mike Carter I went and looked for the bird for an hour
or so along the stretch of foreshore from the St. Kilda marina to as far as
you can go towards the mouth of the Yarra. No luck, but plenty of odd looks
from beach goers on this 32 degree day.

So for Melbourne birders, particularly those near the top end of the bay
(including Williamstown and Altona where many gulls can roost) it might be
worth keeping an eye out for any unusual gulls over the coming weekend.

Good luck, Dools

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