It’s january. It’s gull-time. And I have been checking harbour big time. A few days ago I tried to boost my year list and made a harbour raid to Eysturoy and Streymoy. At Runavík there were 3 Glaucous and 4 Iceland Gulls – one being rather kumlieni-like. At Toftavatn there were some tufted ducks and one Iceland Gull, but the lake was almost totally frozen, so not many birds around.
At Toftir there was yet another Iceland Gull. At Eiði another six Iceland Gulls and a moorhen were present. At Hósvík there was one more. And in Kollafirði there was yet another Iceland Gull.
Yesterday I checked the northern islands. There were two Iceland Gulls and one Glaucous Gull at Hvannasund and a Glaucous Gull in Árnafirði. In Klaksvík there were nine Iceland Gulls, two Glaucous Gulls and a common scoter.
Today our oldest daughter had caught a fever, so I had stay home with her – but I managed to get 30 minutes at the catch quite late in the day. But what does it matter that you cannot get out when you can overlook the biggest fishing port of the Faroes from your kitchen window? It was quite windy today so a lot of gulls had come in. And I counted no less that 17 Iceland Gulls and two Glaucous Gulls from the kitchen – an all time largest count by far! And I even managed to get 15 white-winged gulls on the same picture!
When I finally made it to the harbour the gulls were still there. But there was only one obvious kumlien’s gull and two or three with some kumlieni-indications. Man, I really would like to get one of those really solid dark adult soon. Or an Ivory Gull…