Hawfinches, gray herons, and American robins are among the many foreign birds have been spotted in Iceland of late.
A nest belonging to a brent goose was found last week around Bessastaðanes peninsula, where the presidential residence is located.
The rock ptarmigan population has been experiencing a healthy increase in the last year according to the Icelandic Institute of Natural History
Arctic skua are migratory; these birds flew 14,000 kilometers [8,699 miles] from their wintering grounds in the southern hemisphere to their nesting site in Iceland.
The Arctic tern has the longest migration of any creature in the animal kingdom and can fly over 80,000 km a year en route from Antarctica to Iceland and Greenland.
Up to 57,000 ptarmigan may be hunted this season in Iceland according to a proposal from the Icelandic Institute of Natural History.
The hunting of Ravens in Iceland needs to be dramatically decreased in order to prevent them from nearly disappearing, according to the Icelandic Natural Science Institute.
Chances are high that a severe strain of bird flu, detected in birds throughout Europe, will be carried to Iceland with migratory birds.
After initial reports of a successful nesting season—unusually many puffins laid eggs and unusually many chicks were hatched—it has now turned out that 83 percent of puffin hatchlings in the Vestmannaeyjar islands off Iceland’s south coast have died due to lack of food.
Four US Air Force fighter jets flew across South Iceland this morning. People were surprised at the sight and engine sound but the birds even more so. The Icelandic Coast Guard reported that the jets had had a stopover in Iceland on their way across the Atlantic.
This summer’s nesting season at Tjörnin, the Reykjavík Pond, in the Vatnsmýri bird reserve in the city center, is looking to be successful. The local birdlife is on the mend after many years of poor results. Three new duck species have appeared there in recent years.
Six new species of birds have settled in Iceland since the turn of the century. Being a settler is not a well-defined term, but when a bird returns for nesting for 10 years or so, it seems fairly safe to say that it settled.
In an effort to save the lives of Arctic tern chicks, a road on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland, has been painted in bright colors.