Iceland gulls

Today I went birding on the central islands – meaning Eysturoy and Streymoy. The primary objective was to relocate the great tit seen on the 6th nov. in Tórshavn. The species has a propensity to winter in Shetland, so my hope was that the bird could be present and try to winter in Tórshavn. I checked the plantations and a whole lot of gardens, but all in vain – except for a moorhen. I couldn’t find the bird – it might have moved on, which by the way would be logical enough since we’ve had lots of snow.

 

But december never has been good for passerines, so I went to check the harbours and managed to find 3 iceland gulls – one of them being rather dark with a faint tail band. But not really typical enough to claime a good kumliens gull. But finding 3 means that there must be many more out there, since I only checked 3 harbours. And pure statistics say that about one of every 20 iceland gull is a kumliens – at least during larger invasions – so there is probably a kumliens gull out there. And by the way I got my first kitchen-window-iceland-gull today – a classic light bird…

SiO

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One comment on “Iceland gulls

  1. Peter H. Kristensen says:

    Hej Silas
    Uden at kunne sige det med sikkerhed, det tillader dette billede ikke, synes jeg nu den lettende hvidvingede ligner en kumliens. Den har meget mørke yderfaner på håndsvingfjerene. På undersiden af hånden ser det ud til den har tegning ala havterne eller thayers, altså mørkere spidser. derudover har den meget mørke store hånddækkere ligesom kroppen er meget mørk. Ligeledes er den meget sortnæbbet og jeg fornemmer lidt et andet indtryk i ansigtet – så hvis du har flere billeder kunne det være spændende at se, om mine gætterier holder stik.

    MVH

    Peter H. Kristensen

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