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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.