Smyrill – Merlin – Falco columbarius
This Merlin lady is a daily guest in the garden. She preys on the small birds and tries to catch them unawares. The Redpolls are her favourites but she also makes do with Snow Buntings and Starlings.
Auðnutittlingur – Redpoll – Carduelis flammea
There were around 50 Redpolls here today. These photoes are taken in the garden, February 26.
Spói – Whimbrel – Numenius phaeopus
The Whimbrel (
Numenius phaeopus) is a common breeding bird in Icelandic lowlands. The whole population migrates to West Africa in September and comes back to Iceland in May. The breeding population counts around 250,000 pairs.
The ice structures after the storm are like some work of art where the the waves have washed ashore. It was especially beautiful in the evening twilight.
The Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata) is a rare vagrant from North America. This bird was spotted in Þorlákshöfn, South Iceland on October 5, 2010.
Krúnuskríkja – Yellow-rumped Warbler – Dendroica coronata.
The Yellow-rumped Warbler is the most common warbler seen in Iceland. It is also common from where it comes from. This is the sixteenth bird that is seen in Iceland.
On this beautiful February morning the forecast predicted some very heavy winds, Grímsnes, South Iceland.
And the next day the weather forecast came true. Snowstorms played havoc throughout the country with winds way above 25m/sec. in some places.
Sandlóa – Ringed Plover – Charadrius hiaticula
The Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) is one of the migratory birds that arrives in Iceland in April. In the winter time it stays in South West Europe.
The Ringed Plover lays its eggs in sand and gravel all over the country. The breeding population counts around 50,000 pairs.
The photoes of the chick are taken on the banks of Ölfusá River.
Skógarþröstur – Redwing – Turdus iliacus
More and more Redwings stay in Iceland during the winter time. This one is probably thinking of flying South next year and not without reason. – This winter has been exceptionally cold and windy.
It continued to snow today and more and more birds visit the garden in search of food. Today we had 8 Common Crossbills, or Red Crossbills as they are called in USA.
Crossbills, Redpolls and a Snow Bunting on the feeder
Common Crossbill / Red Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra – female
Common Crossbill / Red Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra – male
These are photoes from today.
American vagrants are rare in Iceland but usually there is a bird or two that accidentally gets blown over here every year. The Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) is one of the most common small American vagrants and has been recorded here 21 times. This little vagrant has been seen twice in Selfoss and once here in our garden.
Græningi – Red-eyed Vireo – Vireo olivaceus
These photoes are taken in Stokkseyri, South Iceland, September 30, 2014.