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The meadows come alive

Þúfutittlingur – Meadow Pipit – Anthus pratensis

The meadows have come alive with birds. Spring is here and most of our Icelandic migrants have arrived. The bird reserve in Flói is a good place to watch them and observe their behaviour.  Meadow Pipits, Iceland’s most common passerine birds,  are prominent here with their short tsi tsi song and erratic flight.

Jaðrakan – Black-Tailed Godwit – Limosa limosa

The Black-tailed Godwit is a common breeding bird in the lowlands around most of Iceland. It lays its egg in grown wetlands so Flói Reservation is an ideal breeding place for it.

Hrossagaukur – Snipe – Gallinago gallinago

The Common Snipe has also arrived as many have noticed. It is difficult not to notice their arial dives and the loud drum like  sound they make by vibrating their tail feathers.

Stelkur – Redshank – Tringa totanus

The Red Shank also does not go unnoticed, it is such a loud bird. It breeds in all kinds of wetland and for them Flói Reserve has it all.

The little delicate Wheatear

Steindepill – Wheatear – Oenanthe oenanthe

The Wheatear is one of the many small passerine birds that can now been seen in lowlands all over the country. It is a common breeding bird in Iceland that usually arrives here in May. These photoes were taken at the shore by Eyrarbakki and in Flói Reserve this week.

Male Wheatear

A lot of Wheatears are already here although most of them usually come to Iceland in May. In September they fly off to their winter grounds in West Africa. Some of them only have a stopover in Iceland on their way to their breeding grounds in Greenland and North Canada.

Frozen paradise

Frosen paradise – the nature reserve in Flói

The Nature Reserve in Flói consist of wetlands, ponds and grassland. In the winter time when everything is frozen over it looks like something from á fairiy tale, – a winter wonderland.

The bird watching house in Nature Reserve Flói

In the summer time the Nature Reserve in Flói is teeming with birds. Today in mid winter I was surpised to see a pair of Wooper Swans, a Snow Bunting, a Redwing and a Wren.