Sunday, February 16, 2014

Skogsøy 16 February 2014 - Interesting gull?

Light north westerly winds, some light showers, some sunshine.

Great Northern Diver islom

Just another White-tailed Eagle havørn overhead

Spent an hour or so seawatching today. Amazingly (compared to previous years) no auks passing at all - the only auk was a Black Guillemot teist on the sea. Quite a few Gannet havsule passing / feeding offshore and some indication that the southward movement of Shags toppskarv has started. Best bird here was a single Great Northern Diver islom heading north. Several Kittiwakes krykkje were perhaps the only other sighting of any note.

Much paler primaries and no darker pale band

Silvery underwing

Better shot of tail

Here the paler primaries and tertials are obvious...

At Tjeldstø there was a gull that really stood out from the crowd - with paler primaries and no dark tail band. Can't quite make it fit with any of the really good gulls just yet - likely to be a Glaucous / Herring hybrid - perhaps this bird is just a very worn / washed out Herring Gull gråmåke.

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