Six golden plovers were spotted on the shore at Seltjörn in Seltjarnarnes yesterday. Ornithologist Kristinn Haukur Skarphéðinsson told Morgunblaðið that the birds, which are seen as a sign of spring, had arrived in Iceland unusually early.
Last year, the first golden plover arrived in Iceland in mid-March. The birds arrive from mainland Europe, where it has been particularly cold recently, ruv.is reports.
Three years ago, the first golden plover arrived on February 25, in the Westman Islands but have otherwise arrived between March 20-31, most often on March 24, since 1998.