Golden Plovers arriving

Heiðlóa – Golden Plover – Pluvialis apricaria

Golden Plovers have now started arriving in huge flocks.  Yesterday in Flói in South Iceland, they were in the hundreds. The Golden Plover is a migrator that goes to the British Isles for the coldest months of winter, usually leaving in October and coming back in April.

A Golden Plover in an ideal habitat in the Icelandic highlands

It is one of the best-loved Icelandic birds and its arrival signals the coming of spring. Its ideal habitat is dry heathland both in lowlands and highlands and the breeding population in Iceland counts around 300,000 pairs.