Two well-marked Kumlien's Gulls

On the 24th I checked Klaksvík one last time before going to Denmark early on the 25th. In the harbour there were more than 200 Iceland Gulls including more than 20 well-marked Kumlien’s Gulls. At least 7 different adult birds were present.

Adult Kumlien's Gull

In Hvannasund about 40 Iceland Gulls were seen including 3 well-marked Kumlien’s Gulls.  All in all it does look like a new wave of Iceland Gulls with a rather high percentage of Iceland Gulls have come after the last stormy days. But unfortunately I’m not there to count for the next weeks to come.

Adult Kumlien’s Gull

3w Iceland or Kumlien's Gull

Adult Kumlien's Gull

Adult Kumlien's Gull with minimal markings

Adult with dark iris

A nice piece of tail

A part of the stunning number of gulls present in Klaksvík

2w brownie

Adult Kumlien's Gull


I came to Denmark yesterday and went straight up to Sorgenfri to visit a friend, Paul Nilsson. Together we went to Gribskov to search for Two-barred Crossbills as it would be a new danish tick for me. We managed to see a splendid male and a female-type near Kagerup Station. And as I haven’t been away from the Faroes for long it was nice to see birds like Nuthatch, Common Treecreeper, Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Common Buzzard and many other species that I’ve never seen on the Faroes.

Great Spotted Woodpecker



3 comments on “Away

  1. Kent Olsen says:

    Do you have photos of adult or near-adult putative Kumlien’s Gulls which lack dark pigmented outer webs on their outer primaries and except for the presence of faint subterminal dark band near the tip of at least p8-p9 like this they approach the stage 0-type in Howell & Mactavish (2003)?

    It is rather important to make sure that the gulls only have the subterminal band and completely lack obvious dark outer primary webs. Hope you could make a selection of such types and post them for future reference

    Good luck in Denmark

  2. birdingfaroes says:

    Hi Kent

    I haven’t checked all my photos, but I do think there are a few birds that do only show greyish subterminal band without having dark outer webs on the primaries.

    The thing is that these birds are extremely hard to find in the field as the differences are so subtle (not on a photo but in the field). But it is much more common to see adult birds with dark outer webs and no subterminal bands than the opposite.

    Why exactly do you regard this as important? Is it just to get some information on the variation of the primary pattern or do you have other reasons for thinking this is important?

    I myself think that it as least is very interesting to see that the primariy pattern on Kumlien’s Gull in deed does seem to come in almost never ending shapes and tones 🙂


  3. Kent Olsen says:

    The reason is that several Danish individuals this winter have had such pattern and it would be nice with some kind of reference to use in a discussion on what they are.

    The more photos people publish the more linking are found between the different Kumlien’s primary pattern.

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