BIRD WATCHING in Husavik North Iceland


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By the Kaldbakur Lakes only one km south of Husavik is a birders Paradise.
The lake is an outfall from the geothermal electricity plant, which supplies Husavik with electricity.  
It is a major netsting area for birds. 
Around the lakes and between Kaldbakur and the fjord is a beautiful bird sanctuary with walking trails throughout.

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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:
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 Loon 
Eurasian Blackbird 
Eurasian Coot  

Common Raven 
Common Ringed
Common Scoter 
Common Snipe
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
Oystercatcher Merganser  
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
Eurasian Blackbird 
Eurasian Coot  
Eurasian Moorhen                
Eurasian Oystercatcher 

Here below are some useful links to Icelandic birds and wildlife

The Icelandic Birder page

Birds of Iceland

List of Icelandic birds

Duck pictures

Paintings of birds


All counted, 241 kinds of birds are known to have visited Iceland at one time or another. Of these 72 nest regularly, 6 are common passage migrants, about 30 are regular drift migrants or winter visitors, and the rest end up here accidentally. Sea birds, waterfowl, and waders are the most common indigenous birds..

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

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