The darkness of yesterday was just a faint memory when the sun rose this morning. It was stunning to witness the sun rise and the clear skies – but it only lasted for an hour. But I did manage to photograph some birds other than gulls today before the clouds came – but the weather during the day was still good enough for gull-watching.
So I checked the hood again today. I found a gorgeous shag at the pier – it was very tame and provided me with a great photo opportunity.
What about the gulls…?
In Hvannasund there were 33 Iceland Gulls three of which were ssp. kumlieni. And again new birds had arrived and others departed. When I drove back to Klaksvík I noticed some white gulls on a cliff near Norðtoftir. 13 more Iceland Gulls including one Kumlien’s Gull – on a cliff in the middle of nowhere – interesting.
There has been some talking about the possibility that a Thayer’s Gull shows up now. Well, is there a greater chance that a Thayer’s is discovered? I’ve discussed the matter with people and it does not seem like there is any obvious connection between the findings of Thayer’s Gulls and Iceland/Kumlien’s Gulls in WP. The species do have rather different wintering grounds after all.
But non the less the chance of finding a Thayer’s Gull is much bigger now than before the invasion – simply because I and probably a lot of other people in Europe are using much more time searching for gulls. I got offered a job at the fish factory today, because it’s like I’m always there at the moment.
In Klaksvík the number of Iceland Gulls had increased to about 70 including four Kumlien’s Gulls.