Thanks to Mike Kilburn for explaining to me the meaning of the word ‘Glaucous’……
In a classic example of calling a spade a spade the Japanese name of Glaucous Gull, シロカモメ, means ‘White Gull’. What the hell does ‘glaucous’ mean anyway?
A Glaucous Gull at Oshamanbe this sfternoon. It was a grey snowy day, not great for birding or bird photography. This species is one of my favourites as it is so evocative of northern latitudes and frozen places.
Other stuff around included Steller’s and White-tailed Eagles, White-winged and Black Scoter, Dunlin, Red-necked Grebe and Black-throated Diver.