I’m finally back home with the family on the Faroes after 24 days in Denmark. It is awesome to be back. Spring is on its way. The grass is turning green, the days are longer and today I saw more than 300 oystercatchers – so we’re entering an exciting time of year once again.
Since I left the Iceland Gull invasion has continued. My wife has regularly looked out the kitchen window and told me how many white gulls were present. A little more interestingly Klaus Malling Olsen has visited the Faroes while I was gone. Rodmund took him out birding and they saw about 120 Kumlien’s Gulls and 700 Iceland Gulls during Klaus’ stay. So there is still some action going on.
The only true rarities seen during the period were two Harlequin Ducks found by Karl Thomsen at Syðrugøta. Harlequins are rare on the Faroes – about 13 different birds have been seen not including the new birds discovered.
Today I checked Klaksvík and found about 50 Iceland Gulls including 4 Kumlien’s Gulls. So the invasion is still obvious and there will probably be a lot of birds around for some time to come. And as so many times before there was a weirdo…