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Barrow’s Goldeneye on River Ölfusá

Húsönd – Barrows Goldeneye – Bucephala islandica

A group of Barrow’s Goldeneyes have been on Ölfusá River by Selfoss in January and February. They are annuals here at this time of the year. They are most likely a part of a bigger group on Sog River about 10 km inland from Selfoss.

Iceland is the only breeding place of the Barrow’s Goldeneye in Europe and the distribution has been more or less restricted to Northeast Iceland. It stays in Iceland the whole year round. Part of the population overwinters here in the South during the coldest time of the year.

In recent years, however, more and more Goldeneyes have started breeding in the South, e.g. in the Southern Highlands, in Lake Þingvallavatn and River Sog. The Barrow’s Goldeneye’s habitat is in spring water lakes or rivers the whole year round and unlike most non-migrators they do not head out to sea in winter.