Iceland Gulls and more

Iceland Gull - 3. winter

Iceland Gull – 3. winter

Admittedly I’ve been a bit lazy when it comes to updating lately. But hey, it is February and the light is only slowly starting to return. And unlike last year I didn’t find an Oriental Turtle Dove in January.

Only major January news include one Great Tit still present in Klaksvík and an American Wigeon on Sandoy.

A few days ago Rodmund and I went to Suðuroy. We had a great time birding and came across a few good birds. The female Steller’s Eider was still present at Sumba as expected.

Steller's Eider

Steller’s Eider

Around the island we saw more than 80 Long-tailed Ducks, a few Great Northern Divers and two Red-throated Divers.

Long-tailed Ducks

Long-tailed Ducks

In Hvalba we saw a single Tundra Bean Goose, which is still considered a rarity.

Tundra Bean Goose

Tundra Bean Goose

But the highlight of the trip was the 7th Faroese record of Red-necked Grebe at Sandvík.

Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

For foreign birders the most interesting news might be that we have seen some proper numbers of Iceland Gulls during the last few days. More than 100 individuals including a nice adult Kumlien’s Gull.

Adult Kumlien's Gull

Adult Kumlien’s Gull

The greatest congregation of birds was in Fuglafirði today, where 60+ Iceland Gulls were present.

Iceland Gull

Iceland Gull

Silas

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