An early juvenile Glaucous Gull popped up in the city park of Bergen yesterday. Despite offering fresh bread, it was more interested in consuming a Feral Pigeon carcass. It was still hanging around the park today, and we managed to feed it with a little bit of bread. Why all this focus on bread? We want to catch it. Getting close enough to grab it with the hands, it has to like bread...
When Arctic gulls arrive the city park they may never have seen people, and of course have never been fed with bread. They need a little time to learn from the other gulls. We do also have the possibility of using a snare, so we will see what we find most appropriate when we try again tomorrow. See pictures of the bird eating the Feral Pigeon here.
Glaucous Gulls are scarce annual visitors in Hordaland county. They are rare in the city park of Bergen, where the last record was more than five years ago.
November 2018: Fieldwork in three IBA's in Nepal (EN)