One of the birders that really got my birdwatching going is Svend Erik Petersen. He taught german language at the high school that I attended – and when ever possible we went birding together. He had a tradition of going birding on the first of january – and what a great way of welcoming the new year!
I try to carry on that tradition, but it wasn’t that easy today. It was dark, cloudy and rainy outside. But as I looked out the kitchen window I saw lots of white-winged gulls so I went out. There were a lot of them. I managed to find 10 Iceland Gulls and two Glaucous Gulls just in Klaksvík. I wonder how many birds are around the islands.
The 3rd winter Kumliens Gull was still present, but some of the other gulls looked interesting too. For instance an adult show faint dark markings on the primaries.
And a first winter showed a rather solid banded tail, but the primaries were not all that dark.
But most of the birds stayed quite far away, so I didn’t see them quite as good as I could wish. But tomorrow the fish factory will open again and hopefully the birds will be attracted to the waste that it produces.