Time for gulls

Glaucous Gull

Temperatures have dropped. The weather is horrible. Storm and rain and more of the same to come. Today was the first day this month without any warblers around – a few robins provided the peak of excitement.

Glaucous Gull

But today I felt it. The joy that I haven’t had for quite a while. The joy of watching large gulls! Due to the wind a lot of gulls had found shelter in Klaksvík Harbour. And it actually was exciting to check them. Finally some birds that are easy to spot. And they do not just disappear into dense shrubbery. And you can use the spotting scope easily. And now all the birds are in fresh and beautiful plumage – it really is nice birding the harbours. More of that to come in the next months!

Glaucous Gull and our house in the background - Kumliens, Iceland, Glaucous, Little and all the common species have been seen from the kitchen window.

But we’ve only seen southerlies which has turned into westerlies just today – so I didn’t expect any white gulls. But after a while I managed to find an adult glaucous gull. And it was nice… now the question for the winter is: How many northern gulls will turn up and which species?

I've seen this blackish patch on the primaries before. I wonder if it is age related or does it indicate and ancient Herring Gull ancestor?



2 comments on “Time for gulls

  1. Chatterbirds says:

    Good gulls always seem to show up with bad weather.

  2. birdingfaroes says:

    Yes, you are right! And Iceland got a laughing gull today – so hopefully some nice gulls will show up when the weather has calmed down.

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