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Rare Foreign Bird Sightings in Iceland

A number of foreign birds that are rarely seen in Iceland have been spotted in the country of late, RÚV reports. These unusual sightings include hawfinches in Húsavík in North Iceland, whinchats in Southeast Iceland and, along Iceland’s Southern coast, near Vík, little buntings that would have flown all the way from Northeast Europe or Asia.

Other foreign winged visitors of late include lesser whitethroats, six gray herons, white-winged scoters, and even gray-cheeked thrushes, which generally nest in the Arctic, namely, in Siberia and Canada. Lastly, the colourful American robin, which nests throughout North America, has caused a particular sensation among birdwatchers on the Suðurnes peninsula.

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