Silver gulls should be forming breeding colonies around now. Is it
possible you were getting too close to the nests, rather than the behaviour
being related to the dead gull? The behaviour sounds like breeding colony
On 11 November 2013 10:57, Debbie Lustig <>wrote:
> I made a comment in my recent post about injured or sick birds. I said
> people shouldn't be put off attempting to help them. I want to clarify that
> I was referring to birds other than shearwaters.
> The decision to try and help injured wildlife is fraught, and qualified
> help should be sought whenever possible. Wildlife Victoria is a good start:
> 13 000 94535 or call the RACV, who refer callers on. There are plenty of
> local rescue organisations which can be googled or refer to the front of
> the White Pages.
> This morning at St Kilda, between West Beach and the Langridge Street rock
> groyne, I counted 41 dead STSW. As well, a Little Pied Cormorant and a
> young silver gull lay dead - vicims of the rough weather...?
> I've never seen what people characterise as grief in birds, where a
> bereaved bird will hang around its dead mate for some time. But today, I
> saw something that made me think. I approached the young, dead gull to have
> a closer look and a huge ruckus of gulls circled overhead, screeching and
> swooping. It seemed as if they were trying to protect it, dead or alive. To
> warn me off? When I walked away, the birds went back to their roosts.
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