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Brent Goose Nests in Iceland for First Time

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Brent Goose Nests in Iceland for First Time

Photo: Jean-Jacques Boujot

A nest belonging to a brent goose was found last week around Bessastaðanes peninsula, where the presidential residence is located. RÚV reports that this is the first time that this species is known to have nested in Iceland. Four eggs were found in the nest.

The brent goose—also known as the brant goose—is a migratory bird that typically arrives on the shores of Iceland’s Faxaflói Bay and to the southern side of Breiðafjörður fjord in the springtime to feed before continuing on to its nesting grounds in Canada’s polar regions. This year, however, one of these geese decided to stay in Iceland to lay its eggs, rather than continue on to Canada.

The exact location of the nest is not being revealed at this time for the safety and comfort of the bird and its nest. The mother brent is expected sit on her nest for four weeks before they will—hopefully—hatch.

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