“Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms. It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I’m human”
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
I’ve been most of my life avoiding gulls. I’ve never been interested in neither their identification nor the color-ringed individuals of this group, mainly because, for me, they are just the same bird with different names and moreover the places where they forage are not the most beautiful places of the world. A harbor or a rubbish dump, not the best plan for a Sunday morning.
Of course, Sabine’s, Little, Slender-billed, Audouin’s and Kittiwake were not the same. They are either pelagic or localized in good places such as Ebro Delta. I see them in migration and they are scarce so they are always welcome.
However, I must admit in the last 3 years my interest in gulls has increased exponentially. I don’t know the reason… maybe all of us have the need to fulfill our knowledge gaps or maybe it’s just because now we have 2 new good places in Barcelona: the Diagonal Mar Park an the harbor. Of course, the harbor is not new, but now it is more accessible.
This week, the Diagonal Mar Park was quite interesting. The number of Mediterranean gulls was interestingly high (around 30) and there were also some color-ringed black-headed gulls. Lesser black-backed gulls were also present in good numbers, bringing the chance to find something more interesting which could had come with them. Not this time…
Anyway, this H266 beauty had come from Hungary and had been already read by Quique Carballal (see his blog) in Arenys de Mar in early autumn. Let’s see how many time it remains here.