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Puffins in Iceland

More than 80 Percent of Puffin Chicks Die

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.

A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jet.

Loony Tunes Silenced by American Fighter Jets

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.

A tufted duck with ducklings.

Reykjavík Pond Birdlife Recovering

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.

Tjaldur (oystercatcher).

Birdlife in Reykjavík Honored

A special Bird Week kicks off in Reykjavík today, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of the diverse birdlife which exists within city limits and the importance of Reykjavík for the welfare of Icelandic birds.