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Birds and Other Nature 
during the Focus On Nature Tour 

in September/October

List compiled by Armas Hill
leader of the tour

Photo at right: an Iceland Gull 
The species breeds not in Iceland, but in Greenland.
It arrives in Iceland in numbers in September and October.  
One of as many as eleven species of gulls seen during our Autumn 2013 Iceland Tour.
(Not among them was the Lesser Black-backed Gull. ) 


September 26 - October 5, 2013


(ICr):        rare in Iceland
(ICv):       a vagrant in Iceland


A List & Photo Gallery of European Birds, in 2 parts:

Part #1: Grouse to Puffin     Part #2: Sandgrouse to Buntings

Birds during previous FONT Iceland Tours

Complete Iceland Bird-List
(over 350 species, including vagrants from mainland Europe, Asia, & North America)

A List of Icelandic Wildflowers & some Other Plants  (with some photos)

Upcoming Iceland Birding & Nature Tours


  1. Whooper Swan   sep,oct 

  2. Greylag Goose  sep,oct 

  3. Pink-footed Goose  sep,oct  

  4. Barnacle Goose  sep

  5. Mallard   sep,oct 

  6. Gadwall  oct

  7. Eurasian Wigeon  sep,oct

  8. Eurasian Teal  sep  

  9. Tufted Duck  sep oct

  10. Greater Scaup  oct 

  11. Barrow's Goldeneye  oct 

  12. Long-tailed Duck  sep,oct 

  13. Harlequin Duck  sep-oct

  14. Common Eider  sep,oct 

  15. Common Merganser (or Goosander)  sep,oct

  16. Red-breasted Merganser  sep,oct

  17. Common Loon  (or Great Northern Diver)  oct

  18. Northern Fulmar  sep,oct

  19. Horned Grebe  (or Slavonian Grebe)  oct

  20. Northern Gannet  sep

  21. Great Cormorant  sep,oct     

  22. European Shag  oct

  23. Merlin  sep,oct

  24. Eurasian Oystercatcher  sep,oct

  25. European Golden Plover  sep,oct

  26. Common Ringed Plover  sep

  27. Common Redshank  sep,oct

  28. Purple Sandpiper  sep,oct

  29. Dunlin  sep 

  30. Little Stint  (ICr)  sep 

  31. Ruddy Turnstone  sep,oct

  32. Black-tailed Godwit  sep

  33. Bar-tailed Godwit  sep

  34. Eurasian Curlew  oct

  35. Buff-breasted Sandpiper  (ICv)  sep

  36. Black-headed Gull   sep,oct 

  37. Common Gull   sep

  38. Iceland Gull   sep,oct

  39. Glaucous Gull  sep,oct

  40. "European" Herring Gull  sep,oct   

  41. Great Black-backed Gull  sep,oct

  42. Ring-billed Gull  (ICv)  sep

  43. Little Gull  (ICr)  sep

  44. Sabine's Gull  (ICv)  sep

  45. Mediterranean Gull   (ICv)  sep

    The identity of an "odd gull" seen on September 29, 2013 during our Iceland Tour, at the glacial ice at Jokulsarlon, with mostly Black-headed Gulls, was not known at the time.
    But a week later, what was seemingly the same bird (documented in a facebook photo) was identified by Icelandic birders at the same place as a first-winter Mediterranean Gull, Ichthyaetus melanocephalus, and confirmed as the first record of the species for Iceland.        

  46. Black-legged Kittiwake  oct

  47. Black Guillemot   sep,oct 

  48. Dovekie (or Little Auk)  oct

  49. Atlantic Puffin  oct   

  50. Feral (or Common) Pigeon   sep

  51. Northern Raven   sep.oct

  52. Goldcrest  (ICr)  sep

  53. "Icelandic Wren"  oct 

    The "Icelandic Wren", Troglodytes troglodytes icelandicus, is a subspecies of the Eurasian Wren, endemic to Iceland and slightly larger than other subspecies.      

  54. Northern Wheatear  sep      

  55. Common Blackbird  (ICr)   sep

  56. Redwing   sep,oct

  57. Common Starling   sep,oct

  58. White Wagtail   sep

  59. Meadow Pipit  sep

  60. Eurasian Siskin  (ICr)  sep

  61. Common Redpoll  sep,oct

  62. Arctic Redpoll  (ICv)  sep

    The subspecies of the Arctic (or Hoary) Redpoll seen in Reykjavik on September 26, 2013 (2 individuals) was Carduelis hornemanni hornemanni, the "Greenland" or "Hornemann's  Arctic Redpoll".
    It breeds along the east coast of Greenland from Kangertittivag/Scoresbysund area northwards. It winters further south along the Greenland coast, and small numbers occur in Iceland in the autumn and spring, but where they spend the winter is seemingly unknown.

    Another subspecies of the Arctic (or Hoary) Redpoll also rarely occurs in Iceland: Carduelis hornemanni exilipes, the "Coues Arctic Redpoll" that breeds on the tundra of Eurasia & North America.
    Carduelis hornemanni hornmanni is paler than Carduelis hornemanni exilipes.         

Other Wildlife & Nature during the FONT tour 
in Iceland in September/October 2013

Harbor Seal  sep,oct 

 2.  Gray Seal  sep

 3.  Moon Jellyfish  oct
Aurelia aurita

 4.  A brilliant starlit sky, with a vivid Milky Way  oct