Birdwatching in Iceland – especially in the South-western Part of the Country

June 30 – July 18, 2007

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Trip Reports

 

   

Species List

 
 

 
Introduction

From June 30 – July 18, 2007 I spent 18 days with my wife in the south-western part of Island. Hiking tours at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in sanders, lava fields and mountainous areas offered good opportunities for watching the interesting Icelandic birdlife.

Itinerary

June 30, 2007: Flight with Iceland Air from Berlin-Schönefeld to Reykjavík. Arrival on Keflavik Airport at 15:30, take-over of a prepaid rented car from AVIS  and start to Nesjavellir north of Sellfoss. After a drive of two hours on the Roads 41, 1, 35, 350, and 360 arrival at the Fosshótel Nesbuð. In the evening walk in the surroundings of the hotel.
Juli 1, 2007:  In the morning drive from Nesjavellir on the Roads 360 and 36 to the information centre of the Þingvellir National Park. Hiking and birdwatching in the surroundings of Lake Þingvallavatn was stopped by strong rain.
July 2, 2007: Drive from Nesjavellir on the Roads 360, 36, 365 and 37 to Geysir and Gullfoss. On the return drive stops in the Þinkvellir National Park and near Nesjar at the shore of Lake Þinkvallavatn for birdwatching.
July 3, 2007: Drive on the Roads 360, 36, 35, and 34 via Sellfoss to Eyrarbakki at the Atlantic coast. Birdwatching at the shore on an outgoing tide. Thereafter heading to the Nature Reserve Stakkholt (Flói) on the east bank of the River Ölfusá.
July 4, 2007: Hiking tour in the surroundings of the geothermal power plant at Nesjavellir.
July 5, 2007: Today we left Nesjavellir and drove on the Roads 360, 36, and 1 to our next accomodation, the Edda Hótel in Vík. Stops for birdwatching on the eastbank of the River Ölfusá south of Ljosafosstöð and near the waterfall Skógafoss. After arrival in Vík walk to the off-shore stone pillars of Reynisdrangar at the Atlantic coast.
July 6, 2007: Drive on the Roads 1 and 215 along the west side of the mountain massif Reynisfjall. Hiking along the coast line to the pillars of Reynisdrangar and in a westerly dirction to Dyrhólaey. Due to strong rain the tour was stopped halfway.
July 7, 2008: Drive from Vík in an easterly direction on Road 1 to the junction of Road 214. Thereafter northwards up to the camping site of Þakgil. From there hiking tour to the foot of the Mýrdaljökull.
July 8, 2007: Drive on Road 1 to Skógar and visit of the museum. In the afternoon drive on the roads 1 and 218 to Dyrholáey. Birdwatching on sea level and in the surroundings of the lighthouse.
July 09, 2007:  Drive from Vík on Road 1 to Skógafoss. Hiking tour along the River Skóga to the glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Due to increasing fog we did not reach the glacier and had to turn back.
July 10, 2007:
  Drive from Vík on Road  1 to the mountain massif of Hjörleifshöfði, situated 10 km east  of Vík in the Mýrdalssandur. Walk along the west side of the massif to the beach of the Atlantic Ocean. On the return tour hiking along the east side of the massif back to the car.
July 11, 2007:
  Drive from Vík on the Roads 1, 54, and 574 via Reykjavík and Borganes to Buðir situated south of the glacier Snæfellsjökull at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. There we stayed for the next  four days. In the afternoon birdwatching in the surroundings of the Hótel Buðir.
July 12, 2007:
  Drive on the Roads 574 and 54 around the glacier Snæfellsjökull with stops at the coast near Arnarstapi, the lighthouse of Malarrif, the crater of Saxhóll, the steep coast of Öndverðarnes and a small lake near Rif. After lunch in Ólafsvík return to Buðir.
July 13, 2007:
  Drive on the Roads 574 and 570 to the glacier Snæfellsjökull and hiking tour through the snow fields at the foot of the glacier to a crater. In the afternoon birdwatching along the steep coast of Arnarstapi.
July 14, 2007:
  Hiking tour from Buðir to the Lake Miðhúsavatn through the lava fields of Búðarhaun.
July 15, 2007:
  Birdwatching in the surroundings of the Hótel Buðir. In the evening drive on the Road 574 to Grundarfjörður.
July 16, 2007:
  Drive on the Roads 54 and 1 from Buðir to Reykjavík, where we stayed the next two days. In the afternoon birdwatching at the Lake Tjörnin in the centre of Reykjavík.
July 17, 2007:
  Drive on the Roads 41 and 43 from Reykjavík to the Blue Lagoon near Grindavík. In the afternoon drive on the Road 427 to the steep coast of Krýsuvíkurberg with large seabird colonies. Return tour on Road 42 along the Lake Kleifarvatn.
July 18, 2007:
  In the morning drive on Road 41 to the Keflavík airport and flight back to Berlin-Tegel via Kopenhagen.

Recording of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records of the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section "Excursions" some photos give an impression of the areas visited, in the Species List one finds some photos of birds taken with a Canon EOS 20D in combination with a telephoto lens Canon EF 600 mm, f/4L IS USM and the Extender EF 2x II.

Field guides and other ornithological literature used
Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book is equivalent to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most Complete Field Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999.
Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, Islandic Birdguide, Iðunn, Reykjavik, 2005, ISBN 9979-1-0379-5
Helgi Guðmundsson, Jón Baldur Hlíðberg, Iceland Nature Guides, Birdwatching, Ritsmiðjan, Reykjavik, 1997, ISBN 9979-9296-1-8

Maps for orientation in the area
Island/Iceland, world mapping project, Reise Know-How Verlag, Bielefeld, 2. Auflage 2004,
Scale 1 : 425 000, ISBN-3-8317-7130-8
Island, Suðvesturland  - General Map, published by Mál og menning, Reykjavík, Eighth Edition 2005, Scale 1 : 300 000, ISBN 9979-3-1694-2

Links to Birding in Iceland
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/iceland.html

http://www.travellingbirder.com/birdwatching/birding_Iceland.php

Excursions


30.06.2007
, 19:00-23:00

Nesjavellir, Fosshótel Nesbuð and surroundings, Suðurland (Iceland)
13 – 11 °C, changeable.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Fosshótel Nesbuð.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
5 (at least), flying. Their characteristic calls were often heard.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
5 (at least), bathing in the shallow water of a warm pond, flying or on lava fields at the edge of grassland.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
2 (at least), flying or on a lava field.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, near the hotel on the car park.

 

IMG 4570 and IMG 3910
Nesjavellir, Fosshótel Nesbuð and surroundings, Suðurland (Iceland)
(04.07.2007/02.07.2007)

01.07.2007, 09:30
Nesjavellir, Fosshótel Nesbuð and surroundings, Suðurland (Iceland)
13 °C, changeable.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Fosshótel Nesbuð.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, drumming in flight.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
1, calling.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, calling.

01.07.2007, 11:00-16:30
Þingvellir, National Park, Suðurland (Iceland)
14 – 16 °C, changeable, first overcast, then fair, later raining.
The following 21 bird species were observed in the Þingvellir National Park. This area was reached from Nesjavellir via the roads 360 and 36. Both were in good condition. The distance from Nesjavellir was 26 kilometres.
Red-throated Diver (Gávia stelláta, Sterntaucher):
2, swimming. The red throat and the uptilted bill were well recognizable.
Great Northern Diver (Gávia immer, Eistaucher):
2 ad. with one downy young, swimming. The Black-throated Diver is not a resident of Island.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
20 (at least), with about 30 pulli, swimming or on grassland.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, a male, swimming, and a female with downy youngs.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
25, roosting on sands or swimming.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
1, on sands.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
2, on sands at the water's edge.
Golden Plover (Pluviális apricárius, Goldregenpfeifer):
1, roosting in shallow water, after a bath.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
4, in shallow water. Breeding plumage.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
3 (at least), flying.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
3, one of them roosting in shallow water, two flying.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
5 (at least), flying or in shallow water.
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus, Odinswassertreter):
3, swimming. The red neck and the white throat could be recognized.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
5 (at least), in shallow water or roosting on sands. The yellow legs were recognizable. One of these birds was attacked by two Arctic Terns.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying or roosting on sands.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
1, on the road, with food.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3 (at least), one of them with food.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel):
2, on grassland in a lava field.
Common Redpoll (Acánthis flamméus, Birkenzeisig):
2, on the ground, near a hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

  

IMG 3750, IMG 3848, IMG 3769, IMG 3772, IMG 3776, IMG 3778, IMG 3822, IMG 3845, IMG 3851, IMG 3856, IMG 3857, and IMG 3869
Þingvellir, National Park, Suðurland (Iceland)
(01.07.2007)

02.07.2007, 10:40-11:00
Þingvallavatn, car park at the Road 36, Suðurland (Iceland)
16 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed from a car park at the Road 36 north of the crossing with the Road 365.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, flying.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
1, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on the road.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel):
3 (at least), singing in the low trees and shrubs.

IMG 3913
Þingvallavatn, view from the car park at the Road 36 on the lake, Suðurland (Iceland)
(02.07.2007)

02.07.2007, 12:00-13:30
Geysir and surroundings, Suðurland (Iceland)
16 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of Geysir, especially from the nearby mountain ridge.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, swimming on a stream.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
1, flying, over grassland.
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel):
1, on grassland.

IMG 3954
Geysir, the famous fontane of steam and hot water, Suðurland (Iceland)
(02.07.2007)

IMG 3990
The glacier Langjökull, Suðurland (Iceland)
(02.07.2007)

02.07.2007, 14:25-15:40
Gullfoss, surroundings of the waterfall, Suðurland (Iceland)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Gullfoss waterfall.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, flying.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
1, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, at the restaurant.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, in the cliffs.

 

 

IMG 3996, IMG 4012, IMG 4016, IMG 4035, IMG 4026
The waterfall of Gullfoss, Suðurland (Iceland)
(02.07.2007)

02.07.2007, 17:00-18:25
Þingvellir, National Park, Suðurland (Iceland)
18 – 17°C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the northern part of the lake Þingvallavatn.
Red-throated Diver (Gávia stelláta, Sterntaucher):
2, one of them swimming, the other seemed to breed on a small island.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, roosting at the water's edge.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, drumming in flight.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
10 (at least), flying or in shallow water.
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus, Odinswassertreter):
3, swimming in a bay (photos).
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
3, flying.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.

02.07.2007, 19:00-19:15
Nesjar, Suðurland (Iceland)
16 °C, overcast.
From the settlement of Nesjar the following bird species were observed on the lake Þingvallavatn.
Great Northern Diver (Gávia immer, Eistaucher):
2, swimming.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
1, calling.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
1, roosting at the water's edge.

IMG 4352
Lake Þingvallavatn seen from Nesjar, Suðurland (Iceland)
(02.07.2007)

03.07.2007, 10:30-10:35
River Ölfusá, south of Ljosafosstöð, Suðurland (Iceland)
17 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the River Ölfusá from the Road 36 about one kilometre south of the village Ljosafosstöð.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, swimming on the river.
Harlequin (Histrionicus histrionicus, Kragenente):
3 males, swimming in rapids of the river. – First personal observation.
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucéphala islándica, Spatelente):
3, swimming on the river. – First personal observation.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, drumming.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, flying.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), flying or swimming.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), flying.

IMG 4368
River Ölfusá, south of Ljosafosstöð, Suðurland (Iceland)
(03.07.2007)

03.07.2007, 11:00-13:00
Eyrarbakki, mudflats, Suðurland (Iceland)
14 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the mudflats of Eyrarbakki. The tide was low.
Red-throated Diver (Gávia stelláta, Sterntaucher):
1, swimming.
Northern Gannet (Sula bassána, Baßtölpel):
1 ad., flying.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
12, on a mole.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus, Singschwan):
30 ad. (at least), swimming.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
40 ad. (10,30), many of the females with downy youngs.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
15 (at least), on the mudflats.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
50 (at least), on the mudflats.
Red Knot (Calídris canútus, Knutt):
1, on the mudflats, in breeding plumage.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
100 (at least), on the mudflats.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
10 (at least), on the mudflats.
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenária ínterpres, Steinwälzer):
7 (at least), on the mudflats.
Arctic Skua (Stercorárius parasíticus, Schmarotzerraubmöwe):
2, flying along the beach. Dark birds with whitish underparts and pointed tail.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
20 (at least), on the mudflats.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
5 ad. (at least), on the mudflats. Legs yellow.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
1, roosting. Greater than Arctic Skua.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, in the settlement, on stones.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, on the beach.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
3
, on the beach.

 

IMG 4378 and IMG 4517
The mudflats of Eyrarbakki, Suðurland (Iceland)
03.07.2007

03.07.2007, 13:30
Ölfusá, east bank near the mouth of the river, Suðurland (Iceland)
15 °C, fair.
Coming on the road 34 from Eyrarbakki I turned to the right hand into an unmade path about 1000 m before the bridge over the river Ölfusá. I followed this path nearly up to the bank of the river. – The following bird species were observed on the grassland and at the river.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
4, flying over the grassland.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), on the river.

IMG 4525
East bank of the Ölfusá near the mouth of the river, Suðurland (Iceland)
(03.07.2007)

03.07.2007, 14:45-16:00
Stakkholt (Flói), Nature Reserve, Suðurland (Iceland)
15 °C, fair.
The Nature Reserve Stakkholt (Flói) is situated on the east bank of the River Ölfusá. It is best reached from the road 34, following a signpost to Sólvangur, which stands about 3 kilometre east from the bridge over the River Ölfusá. There is an notice board with a scheme of the track leading to the reserve. I parked the car on a car park and hiked along a path (signposted with wooden sticks) through the grassland until I reached the river bank. Boots are strongly recommended because the grassland may be wet. – The following species were observed.
Red-throated Diver (Gávia stelláta, Sterntaucher):
5, 3 of them flying, 2 swimming on the river.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
3, flying along the river.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus, Singschwan):
1, on grassland.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
200 (at least), on sandbanks in the river.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
5 (at least), 3 of them in shallow water of the river, 2 on sandy areas in the grassland.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, flying. I also found the feathers of a plucked bird.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
4 (at least), calling on grassland.
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenária ínterpres, Steinwälzer):
5, at the edge of a small pond.
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus, Odinswassertreter):
3 females, 2 of them at small ponds, 1 bathing at the edge of the river.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
1, flying along the river.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
1, flying along the river.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
1, on grassland.
Common Seal (Phoca vitulina, Gemeiner Seehund):
10, roosting on a sandbank in the river.

 

IMG 4536 and IMG 4538
Nature Reserve Stakkholt near the mouth of the River Ölfusá, Suðurland (Iceland)
(03.07.2007)

04.07.2007, 10:15-14:30
Nesjavellir, hiking tour around the power station, Suðurland (Iceland)
17 – 14 °C, fair, later overcast and raining.
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour in the mountains surrounding the geo-thermal power station of Nesjavellir. – Within 4 days 39 bird species were registered.
Golden Plover (Pluviális apricárius, Goldregenpfeifer):
3, in mountainous areas on grassland.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
6, 4 of them on grassland, 2 in a mountainous area.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
8, along the route on grassland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on grassland, near the hotel.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1 male, in a mountainous area.

 

 

IMG 4590, IMG 4596, and IMG 4603
Nesjavellir, hiking tour around the power station, Suðurland (Iceland)
(04.07.2007)

04.07.2007, 18:45-19:20
Nesjavellir, Fosshótel Nesbuð and surroundings, Suðurland (Iceland)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the grassland and on the flooded area south of the by-road from the Road 360 to the geothermal power station.
Golden Plover (Pluviális apricárius, Goldregenpfeifer):
5 (at least), on grassland or on the water's edge.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
5, on grassland or on the water's edge.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
14 (at least), on grassland or on the water's edge.

 

IMG 4778 and IMG 4785
Nesjavellir,  surroundings of theFosshótel Nesbuð, Suðurland (Iceland)
(04.07.2007)

05.07.2007, 10:10-10:40
River Ölfusá, south of Ljosafosstöð, Suðurland (Iceland)
14 °C, overcast.
About 1000 m south of the settlement Ljosafosstöð the Road 36 approaches the east bank of the River Ölfusá. From the car the following bird species were observed on the river or in the surroundings.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1 female, with 10 downy youngs, swimming.
Harlequin (Histrionicus histrionicus, Kragenente):
25, swimming on the river (photos).
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucéphala islándica, Spatelente):
10, swimming on the river, later flying off (photos).
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
2, on grassland.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, on grassland.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), flying or swimming.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying.

IMG 4919
Harlequins (Histrionicus histrionicus, Kragenente) on the River Ölfusá, Suðurland (Iceland)
(05.07.2007)

05.07.2007, 12:00-12:55
Skógafoss, Suðurland (Iceland)
13 °C, overcast.
On the drive from Selfoss to Vík on the Road 1 we stopped near the waterfall of Skógar. Immediately before the bridge over the river Skóga we turned to the left and parked the car at the west bank of the river. – The following bird species were registered.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
30 (at least), breeding in a rock face (photos).
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1 female, with 10 pulli. Crown and eye-stripe darker than face.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
1, at the water's edge.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
1, calling.

 

IMG 4899, IMG 4902, and IMG 4904
Skógafoss, Suðurland (Iceland)
(05.07.2007)

05.07.2007, 16:15-18:00
Vík, Suðurland (Iceland)
13 °C, overcast, later raining.
On a walk from the Edda Hótel Vík to the beach the following bird species were observed.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
100 (at least), flying or breeding in the rock face.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
3 (1,2), swimming.
Long-tailed Duck (Clángula hyemális, Eisente):
1 female, swimming.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
2, on grassland.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, on grassland.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
1, on the beach.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
1, on the beach. Red gonys patch.
Kittiwake (Larus tridáctylus, Dreizehenmöwe):
60, at nests in the rock face.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), flying.
Razorbill (Alca torda, Tordalk):
3, swimming and diving near the beach.
Common Puffin (Fratércula árctica, Papageitaucher):
1000 (at least), swimming on the Atlantic or flying to the rock faces.

IMG 4907
Reynisdrangar, Suðurland (Iceland)
(05.07.2007)

05.07.2007, 18:00
Vík, surroundings of the Edda Hótel Vík, Suðurland (Iceland)
13 °C, raining.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Edda Hótel Vík.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
20, breeding in the cliffs at the hotel.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
2, on grassland.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, on a lawn.
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel):
1, on a lawn.

06.07.2007, 11:35-13:40
Reynisfjall and Reynisdrangar, Suðurland (Iceland)
11 °C, overcast, later raining.
The following bird species were observed at the west coast of Reynisfjall and at the off-shore stone pillars of Reynisdrangar near Vík. This place was reached from Vík driving westwards on the Road 1 and following the Road 215 southwards up to the car park at Garðar.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
1000 (at least), flying or breeding in the rock face of Reynisfjall.
Northern Gannet (Sula bassána, Baßtölpel):
2 ad., flying.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
50 (at least), swimming on the sea.
Arctic Skua (Stercorárius parasíticus, Schmarotzerraubmöwe):
3, flying along the coast line.
Skua (Stercorárius skua, Skua):
12 (at least), flying along the coast line.
Kittiwake (Larus tridáctylus, Dreizehenmöwe):
15, breeding on one of the stone pillars.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying and plunge-diving.
Razorbill (Alca torda, Tordalk):
2, breeding on one of the stone pillars.
Common Puffin (Fratércula árctica, Papageitaucher):
1000 (at least), flying or breeding in the rock face of Reynisfjall.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, at the rock face of Reynisfjall.
Seal (species? Seehund):
1, swimming on the sea.

 

 

IMG 4913, IMG 4922, and IMG 4932
Reynisdrangar, Suðurland (Iceland)
(06.07.2007)

06.07.2007, 21:15-22:00
Vík, Suðurland (Iceland)
11 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed during a walk from the centre of the village to the beach and back.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
100 (at least), flying.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
2, on grassland.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
2, flying and drumming.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, on grassland.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
50, flying or roosting on the black sands of the beach.

07.07.2007, 10:40-17:00
Þakgil, hiking tour to Mýrdalsjökull, Suðurland (Iceland)
14 °C, overcast, later raining.
We drove on the untarmacked Road 214 about 12 km into the mountains to the camp site Þakgil. From there we hiked about 7 km uphill, until we almost reached the Mýrdalsjökull. There remained another 1000 m to the glacier, but we turned back because it became foggy. The following bird species were observed during this tour.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
100 (at least), flying or at nests in rock faces about 20 km from the coast line.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
2, flying.
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus, Odinswassertreter):
4, at a pond in the lowland.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
1, on grassland. 
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel):
2, on grassland.

 

 

    

 

 

IMG 5022, IMG 5033, IMG 5025, IMG 5029, IMG 5054, IMG 5059, IMG 5045, and IMG 5040
Þakgil, hiking tour to the glacier Mýrdalsjökull, Suðurland (Iceland)
(07.07.2007)

08.07.2007, 10:45-12:45
Skógar, Suðurland (Iceland)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the museum of Skógar.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
20 (at least), flying.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, calling.
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel):
2, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling.

08.07.2007, 13:00-13:25
Road 1, near the bridge over the River Skóga, Suðurland (Iceland)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed at the flooded area at the Road 1 west of the bridge over the river Skóga.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
20 (at least), at the rock faces.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
1, at the water's edge.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
3, on grassland.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
4, at the water's edge. 
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
1, on a stone in the water (photos).

IMG 5149
The River Skóga near the Road 1, Suðurland (Iceland)
(08.07.2007)

08.07.2007, 14:30
Dyrhólaey, beach, Suðurland (Iceland)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the cliffs and at the beach of Dyrhólaey. – We reached this point from the Road 1 via the untarmacked Road 218, which ended in a car park near the beach.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
200 (at least), flying or in the rock faces.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
30, swimming or roosting on the beach.
Arctic Skua (Stercorárius parasíticus, Schmarotzerraubmöwe):
2, flying.
Skua (Stercorárius skua, Skua):
3, flying.
Kittiwake (Larus tridáctylus, Dreizehenmöwe):
10, on nests in cliffs (photos).
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), flying.
Common Puffin (Fratércula árctica, Papageitaucher):
4 (at least), in a rock face.

IMG 5285
View from Dyrhólaey to Reynisdrangar, Suðurland (Iceland)
(08.07.2007)

08.07.2007, 16:30-17:10
Dyrhólaey, lighthouse, Suðurland (Iceland)
16 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the lighthouse and in the cliffs with the famous sea-eroded arch and the colonies of seabirds. – We reached the area by turning to the south about 500 m past the car park at the beach. The road was an untarmacked one heading steeply uphill.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
1000 (at least), flying or in the cliffs.
Golden Plover (Pluviális apricárius, Goldregenpfeifer):
2, on grassland.
Skua (Stercorárius skua, Skua):
1, flying.
Kittiwake (Larus tridáctylus, Dreizehenmöwe):
100 (at least), on nests.
Guillemot (Úria aalge, Trottellumme):
9, in the rock face.

 

IMG 5282 and 5270
Dyrhólaey, surroundings of the lighthouse, Suðurland (Iceland)
(08.07.2007)

08.07.2007, 17:10-17:20
Road 218, sander near Dyrhólaey, Suðurland (Iceland)
16 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed along the Road 218 in the sander and on small flooded areas.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
1, flying.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
1, on sands.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
1, flying.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
3, on grassland.
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus, Odinswassertreter):
2, in shallow water.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
2 ad., between Great Black-backed Gulls on the sander. Their legs were yellow.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
20 ad., on the sander. Their legs were flesh.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, on a fence.

08.07.2007, 21:15
Vík, Suðurland (Iceland)
14 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the walk from the restaurant in the centre of the village to the hotel.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
3, on grassland.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
3, flying.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
3, on grassland.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), in the breeding colony on wetland in the village south of Road 1.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on the roof of a house.
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel):
1, singing in the rock face behind the hotel.

 

IMG 5077 and IMG 5075
Vík, Suðurland (Iceland)
(08.07.2007)

09.07.2007, 11:00-14:00
Skóga, mountain hiking tour along the river, Suðurland (Iceland)
11 °C, overcast, foggy.
From the Skógafoss waterfall near Skógar we hiked along the river uphill into the mountains. Due to thick fog we turned back after two hours. – The following bird species were observed.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
50 (at least), flying or at nests in the rock faces.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
2, flying.
Golden Plover (Pluviális apricárius, Goldregenpfeifer):
2 (at least), calling.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
2, flying.
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel):
2, on grassland.

 

 

 

IMG 5288, IMG 5290, IMG 5301, IMG 5305, IMG 5306, IMG 5310, and IMG 5312
Skóga, mountain hiking tour along the river, Suðurland (Iceland)
(09.07.2007)

09.07.2007, 14:00
Skógar, Suðurland (Iceland)
11 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the car park near the Skógafoss waterfall.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
12, on grassland.
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus, Sumpfohreule): 1, a great brown bird, flying low over the road and over the ground.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
5, flying.

09.07.2007, 21:15q
Vík, Suðurland (Iceland)
11 °C, overcast.
On the walk from the centre of the village back to the hotel we observed the following birds.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
3, on grassland.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
2, flying.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
3, on grassland.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), in the colony near the Road 1 on wet grassland in the village.

10.07.2007, 10:40-15:20
Hjörleifshöfði, hiking tour around the mountain massif, Suðurland (Iceland)
12 °C, overcast.
Hjörleifshöfði is an isolated mountain massif in the sander south of Road 1 about 10 km east of Vík. We parked the car near the Road 1 and hiked on a trail along the west side of the massif, which had a maximum height of 221 m. From the south-western edge of the massif we hiked on a track about 3 km until we reached the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Then we turned back on the same way but along the east side of the massif. There we were surprised by a small river. We recognized that it was not necessary to cross this river. There was a narrow path between the mountain massif and the river, on which we reached the northern edge of the massif and from there the car park near the Road 1. – The following bird species were observed on the hiking tour.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
300 (at least), flying or in the rock faces.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1 female, with 3 juveniles, on the river.
Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus, Gerfalke):
During the hiking tour around the mountain massif of Hjörleifshöfði at least 10 carcasses of Northern Fulmars were found. In all probability these birds were victims of Gyrfalcons.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer): 3, flying.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
4, on the sander.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
2, flying or calling.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
2, flying.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
5, at the river.
Skua (Stercorárius skua, Skua):
15 (at least), flying or roosting on the sander (photos).
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
10 (at least), on grassland around the massive.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, at the river.
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel):
2, on grassland.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, on rocks.

 

 

IMG 5313, IMG 5315, IMG 5317, and IMG 5355
Hjörleifshöfði, hiking tour around the mountain massif, Suðurland (Iceland)
(10.07.2007)

10.07.2007, 12:20-12:35
Hjörleifshöfði, beach at the Atlantic Ocean, Suðurland (Iceland)
12 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed at the beach of the Atlantic Ocean south of Hjörleifshöfði.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
100 (at least), swimming or flying.
Skua (Stercorárius skua, Skua):
1, roosting on the beach.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
Razorbill (Alca torda, Tordalk):
1, swimming.
Common Puffin (Fratércula árctica, Papageitaucher):
20 (at least), flying.

IMG 5321
Hjörleifshöfði, beach at the Atlantic Ocean, Suðurland (Iceland)
(10.07.2007)

10.07.2007, 16:00
Vík, Suðurland (Iceland)
16 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on grassland in the village of Vik.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
2, on grassland.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
2, flying.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
2, flying.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1, on a lantern.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), in a colony on grassland.

IMG 5423
Vík, Suðurland (Iceland)
(10.07.2007)

11.07.2007, 12:30-13:30
Langarfoss, Vesturland (Iceland)
14 °C, sunny.
On the drive from Vík to Snæfellsnes the following bird species were registered during a break at the River Langá near Langarfoss at the Road 54 about 8 km west of Borganes.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, flying.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
1, calling.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
4, on grassland, defending their territories. Later we observed also a chick (photo).

IMG 5570
Langarfoss, Vesturland (Iceland)
(11.07.2007)

11.07.2007, 15:00-18:30
Búðir, Vesturland (Iceland)
21 °C, fair.
On a walk from the Hótel Búðir along the coast line the following bird species were observed.
Red-throated Diver (Gávia stelláta, Sterntaucher):
1, swimming.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
2, flying.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
40, swimming or roosting on sands or rocks.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
1, swimming.
Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta, Alpenschneehuhn):
1, on grassland, near the hotel. – First personal observation.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
2, on the mudflats.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
1, on the mudflats.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1, flying.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
32, roosting on sands.
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus, Eismöwe):
2, one swimming, one on a rock. – First personal observation.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
7, on grassland, on the mudflats or on lava stones.
Common Seal (Phoca vitulina, Gemeiner Seehund): 1, swimming, near the beach, swallowing a flatfish (photos).

 

 

IMG 5630, IMG 5631, IMG 5633, IMG 5656, IMG 5915, IMG 5916
Búðir, surroundings of the hotel, Vesturland (Iceland)
(11.07.2007)

12.07.2007, 10:40-11:30
Arnarstapi, Vesturland (Iceland)
14 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the steep coast of Arnarstapi near the memorial to the giant Barður Snæfellsbar.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
100 (at least), flying, swimming or on nests.
Shag (Phalacrócorax aristótelis, Krähenscharbe):
1, roosting on a rock in the sea.
Harlequin (Histrionicus histrionicus, Kragenente):
6, swimming.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
3, flying.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
1, on grassland.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
1000 (at least), on grassland or flying.
Guillemot (Úria aalge, Trottellumme):
2, swimming.
Razorbill (Alca torda, Tordalk):
2, swimming.
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle, Gryllteiste):
2, swimming.
Common Puffin (Fratércula árctica, Papageitaucher):
5, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on grassland.

IMG 5922
Steep coast near Arnarstapi, Vesturland (Iceland)
(12.07.2007)

 

IMG 5925
Arnastapi, memorial to the giant Barður Snæfellsbar
(12.07.2007)

12.07.2007, 12:05-13:30
Malarrif, Vesturland (Iceland)
14 °C, overcast.
We reached the lighthouse of Malarrif from the Road 574 following the signpost. About 1000 m east from the lighthouse there are two high cliffs with seabird colonies. The following bird species were observed in this colonies and on the surrounding lava fields.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
20 (estimated), at nests in the steep rock face.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
30, flying.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, flying.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
25, flying.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, on grassland.
Kittiwake (Larus tridáctylus, Dreizehenmöwe):
50 (estimated), at nests in the steep rock face.
Guillemot (Úria aalge, Trottellumme):
50 (estimated), at nests in the steep rock face.
Brünnich’s Guillemot (Uria lomvia, Dickschnabellumme):
15 (at least), at nests in the steep rock face.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, flying. Here we also found a primary of a Common Raven.

IMG 5930
Malarrif, Vesturland (Iceland)
(12.07.2007)

12.07.2007, 15:40-16:45
Öndverðarnes, Vesturland (Iceland)
16 °C, sunny.
We reached the lighthouse of Öndverðarnes from the Road 574 following the signposts. The track of a length of about 4 km was bad, but passable. The following species were observed from the steep coast.
Kittiwake (Larus tridáctylus, Dreizehenmöwe):
500 (at least), flying, swimming or on nests.
Guillemot (Úria aalge, Trottellumme):
30, 10 of them swimming, 20 together with Razorbills in a rock face. – At least two birds were of the brilled variety (photos).
Razorbill (Alca torda, Tordalk):
32, 12 of them swimming, 20 together with Guillemots in a rock face.
Seal (species? Seehund):
1, swimming. The head of this animal was apparently much larger than the head of a Common Seal (photos).

 

IMG 6074, IMG 6075, and IMG 6077
Öndverðarnes, Vesturland (Iceland)
(12.07.2007)

12.07.2007, 17:15-17:45
Rif, Vesturland (Iceland)
14 °C, sunny.
On a pond in the village Rif close to the road 574 and in the surroundings the following bird species were observed.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
5, swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
1 female with 8 downy youngs (photos).
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus, Odinswassertreter):
75, swimming on a pond.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
1000 (at least), on grassland or on sands in the vicinity of a flooded area.

 

IMG 6209 and IMG 6212
Water expanses near Rif, Vesturland (Iceland)
(12.07.2007)

12.07.2007, 19:25-19:55
Vatnsholt, Vesturland (Iceland)
15 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the road 54 near Vatnsholt.
Great Northern Diver (Gávia immer, Eistaucher): 4 (2 adults and 2 juveniles), swimming on a lake.
Arctic Skua (Stercorárius parasíticus, Schmarotzerraubmöwe):
4, on grassland near the road.

IMG 6358
Vatnsholt, Vesturland (Iceland)
(12.07.2007)

12.07.2007, 21:20
Búðir, Vesturland (Iceland)
15 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hótel Búðir.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente): 2, swimming.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente): 20 (at least), swimming.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer): 5, in shallow water.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer): 20, on sands.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel): 10 (at least), in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe): 2, flying.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe): 37, roosting on sands.
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus, Eismöwe): 2, flying

13.07.2007, 10:30-12:50
Snæfellsjökull, hiking tour to the glacier, Vesturland (Iceland)
17 °C, fair.
During the hiking tour to the eastern edge of the Snæfellsjökull we did not see birds in the snow and lavafields. Only in the vicinity of the Singing Cave the following bird species was seen.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, on rocks.

 

 

 

IMG 6430, IMG 6433, IMG 6437, IMG 6442, IMG 6445, and IMG 6446
Snæfellsjökull, hiking tour to the glacier, Vesturland (Iceland)
(13.07.2007)

13.07.2007, 14:00
Arnarstapi, Vesturland (Iceland)
17 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on grassland in the village of Arnarstapi or in the rocks of the steep coast.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
50 (not countable).
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
4, swimming, on the sea.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, flying.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
3, roosting on rocks.-Harbour
Kittiwake (Larus tridáctylus, Dreizehenmöwe):
500 (at least), in breeding colonies on rocks of the steep coast or roosting on rocks in the sea.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
1000 (at least), on grassland or flying.

 

IMG 6584 and IMG 6589
Steep coast near Arnarstapi, Vesturland (Iceland)
(13.07.2007)

14.07.2007, 10:00-13:20
Búðahraun, Nature Reserve, Vesturland (Iceland)
14 – 20 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the lava fields during a hiking tour from Búðahraun to lake Miðhúsavatn.
Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta, Alpenschneehuhn):
2 ad., one of them with 6 downy youngs.
Golden Plover (Pluviális apricárius, Goldregenpfeifer):
5 (at least), along the trail.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
3, flying.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
2, flying.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
20 (at least), flying.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
11, 4 of them were this year's birds.
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel):
2, singing.

 

  IMG 6597 and IMG 6703
Búðahraun, Nature Reserve, Vesturland (Iceland)
(14.07.2007)

14.07.2007, 13:20
Miðhúsavatn, Vesturland (Iceland)
20 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the Lake Miðhúsavatn or in the vicinity.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
20 (at least), flying or swimming.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus, Singschwan):
3 ad. with 4 juveniles, swimming.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
7, on sands.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
8, on sand.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, in shallow water.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
100 (at least), on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean.
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus, Eismöwe):
1, on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
1000 (at least), roosting on the lake shore or on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean.
Little Auk (Alle alle, Krabbentaucher): 1. The rest of a bird was found covered by the sand of the broad beach (see Feather Collection).

 

IMG 6705 and IMG 6707
Miðhúsavatn, Vesturland (Iceland)
(14.07.2007)

15.07.2007, 10:30-17:30
Búðir, Vesturland (Iceland)
17 – 20 °C, sunny.
During the day the following bird species were observed from the window of the hotel room or during a hiking tour in the river mouth during low tide.
Red-throated Diver (Gávia stelláta, Sterntaucher):
1, roosting on the shore or swimming.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
20 (at least), on sands or swimming.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
1, flying.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
10 (at least), on the mudflats.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
15 (at least), on the mudflats.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
15 (at least), on the mudflats.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
8 (at least), roosting on grassland or flying.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
10 (at least), on the mudflats.
Arctic Skua (Stercorárius parasíticus, Schmarotzerraubmöwe):
1, flying.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
3, on sands.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), on the beach or flying.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
5, on grassland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
5 (at least), on the mudflats.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, on rocky grassland.
Redwing (Turdus ilíacus, Rotdrossel): 1, at the riverbank.

 

IMG 6712 and IMG 6713
Búðir, Vesturland (Iceland)
(15.07.2008)

16.07.2007, 13:30-16:00
Reykjavík, lake Tjörnin, Höfuðborgarsvæði (Iceland)
19 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the lake Tjörnin in the centre of Reykjavík.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus, Singschwan):
4, swimming or roosting on an island.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
200 (at least), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
200 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
15 (at least), swimming.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
1, swimming or roosting on an island.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
20 (at least), swimming or flying.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
1, swimming (photos).
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
5, swimming.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying or roosting on an island.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20, on a roof.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
6
(2 + 4), on a roof or on the street.

 

IMG 6873, IMG 7249, and IMG 7251
Reykjavík, lake Tjörnin, Höfuðborgarsvæði (Iceland)
(16.07.2007)

16.07.2007, 16:20-17:00
Reykjavík, Old Harbour, Höfuðborgarsvæði (Iceland)
19 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the Old Harbour of Reykjavík.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
2, flying.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
3, flying.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
5, flying.

IMG 7253
Reykjavík, Old Harbour, Höfuðborgarsvæði (Iceland)
(16.07.2007)

17.07.2007, 11:00-14:05
Grindavík, Bláa Lónið (Blue Lagoon) Suðurnes (Iceland)
14 °C, sunny.
The Blue Lagoon was reached from Reykjavik via the Roads 41 and 43 leading to Grindavík. – During a visit in the Blue Lagoon the following bird species were observed.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
5, flying.
Snow Bunting (Plectrophénax nivális, Schneeammer):
2, on the car park near the lagoon.

17.07.2007, 15:20-17:15
Krýsuvíkurberg, steep coast, Suðurnes (Iceland)
19 °C, sunny.
The seabird colonies in the steep coast of Krýsuvíkurberg were reached from the Blue Lagoon via Grundavík following the road 427 up to the signpost to Krýsuvíkurberg. The last 5 kilometres were an especilly bad untarmacked track. We parked the car near a river, which we did not pass, and hiked about 1500 m through grassland before we reached the steep coast. – The following bird species were observed.
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glaciális, Eissturmvogel):
50, flying or on nests in the steep coast.
Northern Gannet (Sula bassána, Baßtölpel):
5 ad., flying.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
10, roosting on a rock in the sea.
Arctic Skua (Stercorárius parasíticus, Schmarotzerraubmöwe):
3, flying.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
1, roosting on a rock.
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus, Eismöwe):
1, flying.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
1.
Kittiwake (Larus tridáctylus, Dreizehenmöwe):
1000 (at least), swimming, flying or on nests in the steep coast.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
50, at least), flying.
Guillemot (Úria aalge, Trottellumme):
50 (at least), swimming, flying or in the steep coast.
Razorbill (Alca torda, Tordalk):
30 (at least), swimming, flying or in the steep coast.
Common Puffin (Fratércula árctica, Papageitaucher):
100 (at least), swimming, flying or in holes in the steep coast.

 

IMG 7261, IMG 7255, and IMG 7257
Krýsuvíkurberg, steep coast, Suðurnes (Iceland)
(17.07.2007)

17.07.2007, 17:45-18:15
Kleifarvatn, Suðurnes (Iceland)
19°C, sunny.
The lake Kleifarvatn is situated east of the Road 42. The following bird species were observed on the lake or in the surroundings.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus, Singschwan):
2 ad., with one juvenile, swimming.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
1, near the road.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
20, roosting or flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, on lava ground (photos).

 

IMG 7323 and IMG 7324
Kleifarvatn, Suðurnes (Iceland)
(17.07.2007)

 
     
 

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