Gulling is not something that should be done during weekends. The gulls are attracted to the fish factories waste and when they are closed there is no waste – and the gulls depart. So the number of Iceland Gulls had seriously declined during the weekend. But as the fish factories opened again this morning the birds gradually came back.
It is one of these days here on the Faroes where I wonder if the sun forgot to rise. The snow has melted form the vallies. So when it is really clouded and rainy like today it feels like twilight during all the light hours.
But then it is good that the white gulls can spread some light in these dark times. From the kitchen I counted about 20 white-wingers and eventually I went out for two hours. First I checked Hvannasund. To my surprise the number of Iceland Gulls had increased to 39 birds including at least 6 Kumlien’s Gulls. The reason why I say “at least” is the fact that so far Rockmund and I have only counted obvious Kumlien’s Gulls as Kumlien’s Gulls. But it turns out that quite a few birds are in fact very pale Kumlien’s Gulls. But it takes a lot of good photos and observations to be sure whether it is an Iceland Gull or a pale Kumlien’s Gull. So when you’re watching 30, 50 or up to 100 Iceland Gulls at the same time it is very hard to pay a whole lot of attention to the pale birds that do not really stand out as Kumlien’s Gulls.
But today I tried to pay a little more attention to the pale birds. And in Hvannasund at least 6 out of 39 were in fact Kumlien’s Gulls with some kind of ghostly pattern on the primaries.
After spending a good deal of time with the gulls in Hvannasund I went to Viðareiði. The Bean Goose was still present and my first Redwing of the year was foraging there.
I then went back to Klaksvík where I counted 57 Iceland Gulls and 5 were identified as Kumlien’s Gull but more than half the birds were to far away to be properly checked for Kumlien’s Gull.
But after a slow weekend it looks like we’re back in the game…