Puffins Arrive Two Weeks Late

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Puffins Arrive Two Weeks Late

By Zoë Robert
Puffin in Iceland

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Puffins have arrived in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) two weeks later than usual. This is the first time since records began in 1952 that the birds arrive so late.

Usually the puffins arrive on April 18 but this year they weren’t spotted until May 2.

Biologist Erpur Snær Hansen told visir.is that he suspects that this is not a good sign. “Usually such a delay is an indication that something is wrong.”

The puffins will be monitored over the summer and a web cam will be set up in order to measure the stock. The project is being carried out in cooperation with Oxford University.

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