Whimbrels

My sweetheart and I are back from a magnificent, spectacular, ten day trip around Iceland with a group from the American Littoral Society. Posts about the trip begin here, randomly, at Day Two: these pictures are from Gardar (my apologies to Icelanders for my being too hot and humid to try to find the eth and thorn key commands), on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
Two whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) set up a hue and cry as I walked down a path towards the beach.
I knew why, but didn’t see the evidence until the next day.
The summer is short and intense up there just under the Arctic Circle, and the land is filled with vociferous breeding birds. (Stay tuned…)

4 Responses to “Whimbrels”


  1. 1 Out walking the dog July 13, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Gorgeous Iceland, lovely whimbrels. Glad the trip was a success. I was in iceland many years ago for barely 36 hours (anyone remember Air Luxembourg?). I found the place astonishingly beautiful and strange. And cold. I had to buy a sweater, my favorite for many years. Hope you took a photo of the lovely Icelandic sheep that wander across the road.

    • 2 mthew July 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      We slowed down for many a mutton-butt crossing the road. Most of the lambs were already getting on in months, but there were a few little lambchops on the hoof that were quite adorable. And those sweaters: I don’t think that they let you out of the country unless you buy one.

  2. 3 Nature on the Edge May 18, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Your fieldnotes on Iceland’s natural history make interesting reading – i’m off in a couple of weeks and hoping to see as many different species of birds and the geology of the place looks extraordinary.

    • 4 mthew May 18, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      I can’t recommend Iceland enough. It may rain a lot, but otherwise you should have an extraordinary trip.


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