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Dire News of Arctic Tern Nesting in Iceland

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Dire News of Arctic Tern Nesting in Iceland

Arctic tern nesting has never been less successful in Iceland. The nesting season was almost an absolute failure in the southern and western parts of the country and there has never been worse news from Flatey island in 40 years.

arctictern01_goPhoto: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.

“There just doesn’t seem to be enough food for the chicks,” ornithologist Ævar Petersen, who has just returned from his annual expedition to Flatey, told Fréttablaðið.

Þórir Níels Kjartansson, who has monitored Arctic tern nesting in Vík, South Iceland, for decades, expressed his concern that it has come to an end. In addition to lack of food, seagulls and foxes eat eggs and chicks, he said.

At Þorlákshöfn, the Arctic terns seem to have given up after three unsuccessful nesting seasons and disappeared.

Related:

26.06.2013 | Record Habitation of Puffins on North Iceland Isle

10.09.2012 | Arctic Tern Nesting Generally Successful

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