As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Six New Species of Birds Have Settled in Iceland



 July 31, 2016 12:52 Updated: August 02, 2016 08:30

Six new species of birds have settled in Iceland since the turn of the century. Being a settler is not a well-defined term, but when a bird returns for nesting for 10 years or so, it seems fairly safe to say that it settled.

The six bird species are: The barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis), the shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), the eurasian woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), the blackbird (Turdus merula), the goldcrest (Regulus regulus) and finally the red crossbil (Loxia curviriostra).

According to Yann Kolbeinsson, biologist and bird enthusiast, it is a big change for a bird to decide coming to Iceland, a far-away island. Winds can play a role, and birds on their way somewhere else may stop in Iceland and decide to settle. A warmer climate might also play a role.


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