Is this a “once in a decade” or “once in a lifetime” invasion of Iceland Gulls? They are all over, simple as that!
Today I checked Tórshavn, where there were 15. In Klaksvík there were 14. In Vestmanna there were 7. Between Kollafjørð and Gøta there were 12. In Leirvík there were 3. And in Kollafirði I counted 31 on the ocean, 14 on the beach and several flying around at the same time – a conservative estimate was 50 birds – but there could be as many as 80. So I’ve found more than 101 today!
This evening Rodmund á Kelduni (Rockmund) called me. He had found 47 Iceland Gulls and 13 Glaucous Gull at Sørvágur. Five individuals were Kumlien’s Gulls. One of them was really dark, but Rockmund didn’t get good pics of the bird. But surely it looks interesting!
A rather depressing feature – that does support the previous blog post about the condition of the birds – was, that Rockmund found no less than five dead Iceland Gulls on the beach of Sørvágur.
The age of the Iceland Gulls is interesting. About 1/3 of the gulls were adults. In Sørvágur it was 8 out of 47. First and second winters are almost equally common, but there are fewer 3rd winters. Normally we only see a few adults compared to the number of first winters!
Below I’ll post some of the todays pics!
With Rockmunds 47 and my 101 Iceland Gulls the total for today is 148!!!