Merlin lady always on the lookout

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.

The Ringed Plover is a migratory bird

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.  sandloa-2

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.

Crossbills in search of food

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.

Red-eyed Vireo – a rare American guest

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.