Silver Gull nesting on ground at MacDonalds, Frankston, Victoria.

Subject: Silver Gull nesting on ground at MacDonalds, Frankston, Victoria.
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2010 23:08:55 +1100
Today I was startled to see a Silver Gull on a nest with two eggs on a narrow nature strip beside a car park alongside the drive-through take-away pick-up lane at MacDonald's restaurant in Frankston. It was partially hidden at the base of a palm-type tree only half a metre from the wheels of patrons cars. Only the day before I had photographed a newly fledged juvenile that was settled in the gravel two metres from that spot. I assumed that it had been reared in a nest on the roof of an adjacent building but now I'm not sure about that. They are reported to nest on flat rooves in Frankston. Wires now span the rooves to deter the gulls so perhaps this pair decided to revert to a more usual site at ground level nearer their food source! As foxes are common, I doubt that the nest will survive. Thinking the bird must be injured, I investigated which produced angry squarks.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136


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