Bullfinches flocked to Iceland in 1994

The Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) belongs to the Finch family  (Fringillidae) and breeds throughout most of Europe. They are non-migratory in their habitats but in Scandinavia they are partly migratory birds and vagrant outside their usual habitat, especially when food is scarce.  The Bullfinches that have been seen in Iceland are probably from Scandinavia. The biggest group of Bullfinches to be seen here was in autumn 1994.  That winter 40 to 50 birds were spotted throughout the country.

Dómpápi – Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula (male)

This photo was taken in March 1995 in Þrastaskógur, Grímsnes, South Iceland. Seven birds were seen there in the winter 1994 – 1995.