For the ninth summer in a row puffin nesting has failed in Vestmanneyjar, the world’s largest puffin colony, located off South Iceland. Almost none of the chicks hatched this summer have survived.
Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.
“The nesting has basically collapsed. There were living chicks in approximately four percent of burrows when we examined them. If they all survive, which is unlikely, only a couple of hundred chicks will reach adulthood. The chick survival rate has in fact dropped to zero,” ornithologist Erpur Snær Hansen told Morgunblaðið.
According to Erpur, the puffins most likely abandoned their burrows at the end of July due to lack of food.