Silver Gull
Larus novaehollandiae

Having read reports on Bird Chat about the sightings of a Silver Gull, I drove to Pennsville, New Jersey on November 10, 1996 and proceeded to Riverview Beach Park. As promised, the gull was easily found and most cooperative - it allowed a close approach.

This bird is a native of Australia and New Zealand and there is some question about the "countability" of this bird. There is, however, no doubt that this is a truly beautiful gull and well worth the trip to see it - countable or not. Sorry to say that the pictures do not show the true brightness of the red in the bill, legs, and eye ring

Silver Gull at Pennsville, New Jersey

Silver Gull at Pennsville, New JerseySilver Gull at Pennsville, New Jersey

Silver Gull and Ring-billed Gulls at Pennsville, New Jersey
Silver Gull with Ring-billed Gulls

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