Winger fest part 1

Thought i’d kick this blog off with a quick run down of the past few weeks. After spending a very enjoyable (from what i remember of it!) New Years in Glasgow with Dan Brown and the rest of the punkbirders, i looked at the weather charts and saw the incoming beast of a storm from the North Atlantic. Heading north, it slowly became apparent that a winger fest of grand proportions was in progress. A Glauc in Wick harbour was followed by an Iceland at Duncansby Head, then an adult  Iceland in Thurso and two 1st yrs in Castletown cemented my thoughts about going further west…

I arrived at Kinlochbervie with about an hour of light left, and of the 20 or so gulls present in the small harbour, about half sported white wings! Pick of the bunch was a nice Kumlien’s that refused to land, but luckily flew just close enough on a few occasions to get papped and blogged.

 3rd winter Kumlien’s. Note even on this poor shot the grey outer webs to the outer 5 primaries contrast with the whiter inner 5 primaries. The tail is also contrastingly dark. Belter!
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3 thoughts on “Winger fest part 1

  1. Hi Paul,
    Been a lot of contentious 2nd-w Iceland types this influx, borderline between Kumlien’s or dark-end Iceland, but yours seems to be good in the ways in which the contentious ones aren’t! 😉

  2. Hi Harry
    I’m never too convinced by a lot of these borderline birds to be honest. People tend to want to put a name to something, even if that name is fairly meaningless as in the case of Kumlien’s Gull!

  3. Hi Paul,
    Likewise, I really think some claimed “Kumlien’s” are nowhere near good enough: I just call these birds with a slight dark wash on the primaries but no “good” features Iceland Gulls, taxon unknown. Maybe that’s a cop-out…

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