Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Tjeldstø 01 Febraury 2012 - Strange gulls....

Light southerly and sunny

Didn't get out for anything other than a trip "to the shop" today. However, as I had spotted an interesting gull or two from the sitting room I thought it prudent to swing by and check things out more closely. I'm no expert but this second winter / 3cy Iceland Gull grønlandsmåke looks like a candidate for kumlieni. Comments welcome...


 Possible Kumlien's Gull - dark primaries obvious but may still be at the light end of the scale?

 Above and below: these photos look very interesting - the primaries are obviously quite dark


Another gull, no doubt just some freaky Herring Gull gråmåke variant looked quite distinctive, rather dark, deep-chested, smalled-headed and long-billed.


Unusual Herring Gull gråmåke or something "off the map"?

A couple of Woodcock rugde seen in the woods as it got dark - must be starting to have a hard time of things with the ground being so frozen.

No doubts about these - a pair of Goldeneye kvinand

4 comments:

alan tilmouth said...

Hi Julian, no expert either but glaucoides for me; pale eye, secondaries darker than primaries and no dark tips to primaries at all, lack of emerging mirror on P10 ( a good feature at this age) etc.

Jules said...

Cheers for that Alan, not had time to check up on this properly but was struck by the darker looking primaries (at least in the bottom two pictures)

alan tilmouth said...

There seems to have been a large number of these 'darker' Iceland Gulls in this invasion - have you seen all the stuff on the Birding Faroes blog?

Jules said...

Heard about that Faroes blog but not seen it until now - amazing stuff!!