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Five American Herring Gulls in Iceland

At least five American Herring Gulls Larus (argentatus) smithsonianus were found in SW-Iceland in the period 7-11 March 2004. All were identified by Killian Mullarney, Pat Lonergan and Richard Millington.

The first, a third-winter, was at Žorlįkshöfn harbour (SW) on 7-9 March. The second, a first-winter, was also at Žorlįkshöfn on 9 March. On that same day another first-winter was seen at Sandgerši (SW) where it was still present on 10-13 March, while the fourth individual, a first-winter, was seen at Jįrngeršastašatjörn/Grindavķk (SW) on 10 March. A fifth (first-winter) was seen by Richard Millington, also at Sandgerši, on 11 March.

Photos below show the five individuals, plus a comparison photo of a hybrid Herring x Glaucous Gull (bottom of page) but these kind of hybrids can be quite frequent in Iceland.

These represents the 5-9th Icelandic records; the first four being in March 2003 (still pending).

- YK 06/04/2004

- click on the photos to enlarge -

First bird (4th calendar year), at Žorlįkshöfn (SW)
on 7 March 2004. - 5th for Iceland

© Pat Lonergan

© Killian Mullarney

© Killian Mullarney

With first-winter hybrid Herring x Glaucous Gull.

© Yann Kolbeinsson

Second bird (2nd calendar year), at Žorlįkshöfn (SW)
on 9 March 2004. - 6th for Iceland

© Danķel Bergmann

© Danķel Bergmann

With a first-winter Herring Gull L. a. argenteus (top)
and adult Iceland Gull L. glaucoides (bottom).

© Pat Lonergan

© Danķel Bergmann

© Killian Mullarney

© Killian Mullarney

Third bird (2nd calendar year), at Sandgerši (SW)
on 10 March 2004. - 7th for Iceland

© Pat Lonergan

© Killian Mullarney

© Killian Mullarney

Fourth bird (2nd calendar year), at Grindavķk (SW)
on 10 March 2004. - 8th for Iceland

A record shot (distant bird, pouring
rain and very windy!). Great Black-backed
Gull to the right.

© Pat Lonergan

Fifth bird (2nd calendar year), at Sandgerši (SW)
on 11 March 2004. - 9th for Iceland

© Richard Millington

Hybrid Herring x Glaucous Gull.

Hybrid Herring x Glaucous Gull Larus argentatus x hyperboreus
Akranes (SW)
8 March 2004

First-winter bird for comparison. A smithsonianus like
individual.

© Pat Lonergan