With an arctic storm raging to the north of Shetland yesterday it perhaps wasn't too surprising to see an influx of Gulls sheltering off Norwick today with numbers slowly building during the afternoon. A conservative estimate would be c.100 Great Black-backed Gulls, c.200 Herring Gulls including c.50 argentatus, 5 Glaucous Gulls (2 juv, 2w, 3w & ad) and a 2w Iceland Gull. We also saw a 2w Iceland Gull at Easter Loch and our first Dunlin of the year on the houb.
A juvenile Glaucous Gull arrives over a 2w Iceland Gull off Norwick
Second-winter Iceland Gull off Norwick
A different individual to that present on the 8th January this one showing a purer grey mantle and less streaking on the head
Third-winter Glaucous Gull off Norwick
Second-winter Iceland Gull at Easter Loch
Dunlin on the houb, Baltasound