It has been a busy weekend. Saturday afternoon I did a little birding. I checked Toftir, Rúnavík and Toftavatn. All in all there were 57 Iceland Gulls and 5 Kumlien’s Gulls present.
Saturday night the ornithological society on the Faroes had their annual “get together”. I was asked to tell about rare birds on the Faroes in 2011, tell a little about the Iceland Gull-invasion and show some pics. It all went very well and we had a lovely night together.
Yesterday I had a little more time birding. First I checked Tórshavn, where I found 22 Iceland Gulls and 3 Kumlien’s Gulls. In Kollafirði there were 25 Iceland Gulls, but they were rather distant, so I couldn’t id any Kumlien’s Gulls for sure.
At Mjáuvøtn my first Common Mergenser of the year was present along with some Tufted Ducks. At nearby Leynasandur a dead Bottlenose Whale had washed a shore, so I went to check it out.
Rodmund sent a sms to me about a putative 2cy American Herring Gull in Sørvágur. Well, I was only 20 minutes drive away, so I went to look for it. It turned out that he had seen it the day before, and I couldn’t relocate the particular bird among the dark Herring Gulls.
But 88 Iceland Gulls and 7 Kumlien’s Gulls were a nice by-catch. One of the adult Kumlien’s Gulls was nice and well-marked. Just the way I like them to look. No doubt about either thayeri or glaucoides.