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Birding Iceland on the Fly

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We boarded the 8:40 pm red-eye from JFK to Reykjavik on May 28; the intention was to sleep on the plane but with the excitement of travel and possibilities swirling around my head I didn’t sleep a wink (*tip – Iceland Air offers free stopovers for up to seven days as you travel from the US to Europe! Trips Europe Iceland seabirds'

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Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides

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Iceland Gulls do not breed in Iceland. But if one detaches “Ice&# from “land&# and puts a hyphen between the two the name seems much more fitting, because while they do not breed in Iceland they are usually seen when the land is covered in ice. … a.

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Common Ringed Plover

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I am not prepared to commit on its provenance; numbers on the estuary are already increasing even before the autumnal equinox and it would be impossible to distinguish home-grown birds from those that have flown in from Iceland, Greenland and high Canada.

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What the rings reveal

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Black-tailed godwits winter in large numbers on the estuaries of both Norfolk and Suffolk, and we know that nearly all these birds breed in Iceland. Most of the Icelandic population winters in the British isles The sightings stopped, but then on 18 February 2019 EY70 137 was observed on Lady’s Island Lake, Wexford, Ireland.

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Whooper Swans at Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido

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Another location factor is highlands versus lowlands – Whooper Swans breeding in Icelandic lowlands had a much higher breeding success than the highland birds ( source ). It states that populations of Whooper Swans grow 30 times faster inside nature reserves than outside.

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Don’t Ignore the Barnacles – they’re Real Birds

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A pair did lay infertile eggs in Iceland in 2018, but that’s about the only record I can find). Intriguingly, the population of Dark-bellied Brent Geese has also increased hugely during the same period, but the birds show no signs of colonising Europe, and there are hardly any records of them nesting away from the arctic tundra. (A

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Grifalco: Aglianico del Vulture “Gricos” (2016)

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Remarkably, al-Maghrib’’s Kitab al-Juhrafiya ( Geography ) even makes mention of Ireland and Iceland, islands at the edge of the known world at the time, and identifies these places as sources of this coveted falcon. Image: Portrait of a Gyrfalcon, Viewed from Three Sides , by the Lombard Master (fl. 1540 – 1560).

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