Another Monday has arrived, bringing the combined package of hopes, joy and “blues”. Let’s hope to delete some of those blues, shall we?
The city is located at the South End of a long and deep Roskilde Fjord in Denmark’s Zealand Island and used to be an important Viking Maritime hub. Roskilde served as the Capital of Denmark from c. 1020 CE to c. 1447 CE. The elevation of the status of Roskilde was done by none other than the legendary King Canute – The King of the North Sea Empire comprising Denmark, Norway and England. This picturesque and relatively undiscovered place is a treasure house of Historical events and rulers – some of which heavily influenced Major Global events back then.
As I have said earlier, I found Danish people to be very nice, helpful and friendly who would go the extra mile to help you out if you are genuinely stuck somewhere.
This particular bird paid a visit to my table when I was waiting for my food to arrive outside a small restaurant in Roskilde. It was so nice of this bird to pose for me to allow me to take a few pictures, slowly hopping towards me.
And suddenly I heard the deafening, shrill, clarion cry which made me drop my camera and close my ears..!!
Damn..!! So cacophonous and harsh..!! I wished to ask the bird what wrong did I do??
Maybe it was being friendly. But my ears were dead against this “friendship”. I couldn’t disobey those poor organs of mine who were at the receiving end of this ceremony of “greetings”. So I went inside the restaurant.
Turns out that this cute bird was Black Headed Gull (Scientific Name: Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Black Headed Gulls are found mainly along the coasts of Western Europe and North America. Their heads however turn white during the winters. The bird feeds on insects, small fish, seeds, worms, etc. The black headed gull is a bit noisy, which might explain it’s characteristic “welcome” sound.
Update – 1:
As per Ms. Beate Gütl (https://linienspiel.wordpress.com/), the bird shown here is actually the Laughing Gull (Scientific name: Leucophaeus atricilla) or Lachmöwe in German. In my opinion, though the plumage of both the black headed gull and laughing gull are quite similar and prone to confusion, I didn’t find the bird in the picture to be laughing ever. The cry was extremely shrill and discordant. The winter plumage of the laughing gull is also white. Thank you for the update..!!
Update – 2:
Ms. Brigitte (https://sjffbb.wordpress.com/) confirms the bird to be Lachmöwe or the Laughing Gull. She explains that German name “Lachmöwe” and the Scientific name “Larus ridibundus” of the Black-headed Gull seems to be derived from the American Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla), which got at first its name from Brisson after its voice, and was at first united with the Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus). Thank you for the explanation and it clears some of the confusion regarding the names and voices of the Lachmöwe..!!
Do you know the exact name of the bird in the picture? Let me know in the comments below so that the same may be updated..
The picture was taken in June 2019 CE
Nokia 6.1 Mobile Phone Camera
Hope you liked this black headed gull and are intrigued by this one.
The sightings of birds and plants in their natural environment is quite fascinating. Perhaps, every creature has a role to play in the complex ecosystem of a place. One need not always go to the biggies to search for such unique beauties.
Looking forward to interacting more with you and “Make Mondays un-mundane”..
© Abirbhav Mukherjee. All the pictures / videos posted in this article are my own unless otherwise mentioned.