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BIRD WATCHING in Husavik North Iceland
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Binoculars are to be found in every cottage at Kaldbakur
The cottages at Kaldbakur are situated close to a lake, that is an outfall from the geothermal electricity plant, which supplies Husavik with electricity.   The cottages sit just above a major netsting area for birds.  There is a beautiful bird sanctuary between the cottages and the fjord with walking trails throughout.  Many icelandic birds species can be watched straight from the cottages terrace.  Binoculars are to be found in every cabin

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Here below are the birds (92 species) that you can expect to see at the Kaldbaks-lake and the land close to the cottages:
American Wigeon    
Arctic Tern 
Barnacle Goose      
Barrow's Goldeneye   
Black Guillemot 
Black Tern 
Black-headed Gull  
Black-legged Kittiwake 
Black-tailed Godwit          
Bonaparte's Gull 
Common Chiffchaff     
Common Eider   
Common Goldeneye
Common Greenshank  
Common House-Martin        
Common Loon   
Common Merganser  
Common Raven       
Common Redpoll      
Common Redshank     
Common Ringed Plover  
Common Scoter    
Common Snipe  
Common Wood-Pigeon 
Eurasian Blackbird     
Eurasian Coot  
Eurasian Moorhen                                          
Eurasian Oystercatcher  
Eurasian Wigeon  
Eurasian Woodcock      
Eurasian Wren   
European Golden-Plover  
Glaucous Gull 
Gray Heron 
Graylag Goose        
Great Black-backed Gull 
Great Cormorant  
Great Skua 
Greater Scaup        
Green-winged Teal  
Harlequin Duck   
Herring Gull  
Horned Grebe     
Iceland Gull 
Jack Snipe 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 
Little Gull  
Long-tailed Duck     
Long-tailed Jaeger 
Meadow Pipit 
Mew Gull  
Mute Swan               
Northern Fulmar  
Northern Lapwing  
Northern Pintail      
Northern Shoveler   
Northern Wheatear 
Parasitic Jaeger 
Pink-footed Goose     
Pomarine Jaeger 
Purple Sandpiper
Red Knot  
Red Phalarope 
Red-breasted Merganser  
Red-necked Phalarope               
Rock Ptarmigan          
Ross's Gull 
Ruddy Turnstone          
Short-eared Owl
Sky Lark 
Snow Bunting 
Solitary Sandpiper  
Song Thrush  
Tufted Duck              
Water Rail                                           
White Wagtail 
White-tailed Eagle 
Whooper Swan  
Iceland is one of the major breeding grounds of waterfowls in Europe, and Lake M?vatn is renowned for its abundance of waterfowl. There are no fewer than 16 species of ducks known to nest in Iceland, including two American species; Barrow's Goldeneye and the harlequin duck. Two nesting species and three passage migrants represent the geese. Iceland is one of few places where the whooper swan is still a common breeding bird. It is most numerous on lakes lying on the borders of the central highlands.

On the towering bird cliffs along the coast of Iceland, the most important sea birds are the common guillemot, Brunnich's guillemot, the razorbill, the puffin, the kittiwake, the fulmar, and the gannet. The puffins, however, by no means strictly a cliff-breeding bird as it also forms huge colonies on low-lying grassy islands. It is one of the most common Icelandic bird species with a population running into millions

The most celebrated of all Icelandic birds is the Icelandic falcon, which in former times enjoyed a great reputation amongst falconers. The huge white-tailed eagle was formerly fairly common, but now it has been reduced to such an extent that grave concern must be felt for its future. Two species of owl inhabit Iceland. The snowy owl, which is extremely rare, was restricted to certain wild parts of the central highlands. The short-eared owl is found in low-lying moorland and valleys. The short-eared owl preys on field mice and small birds, while the snowy owl, like the falcon, usually preys on the
ptarmigan, which are the country's only gallinaceous bird and also its most important game bird
Here below are some useful links to Icelandic birds and wildlife:

The Icelandic Birder page

 photographs of birds

Icelandic birds links

Icelandic birds

paintings of birds


birds of Iceland


list of Icelandic birds

birds news 

duck pictures

rare birds seen in Iceland

bird fauna

Icelandic birds