This is the fifteenth time that a Blackpoll Warbler is spotted in Iceland a week ago in Hallskot in Floi, South Iceland. Birders had been on the lookout for vagrants after heavy southwest storms, expecting some windswept little creatures from America to end up here in the North Atlantic. Two other American vagrants have been spotted, the Red-eyed Vireo and Swainson’s Thrush.
The Blackpoll Warbler is a breeding bird in the spruce forests of North America and goes all the way to the northernmost regions of the taiga. It is a migrator with winter grounds in South America.
Although the Blackpoll Warbler is rare in Iceland it is the most common warbler to be seen here.