The number and diversity of birds on the Northwest Snæfellsnes peninsula is much higher than when previous annual counts have been carried out, according to the West Iceland Center of Natural History.
Archive photo of a birdcliff on Langanes peninsula in Northeast Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
Around 52,000 birds of 39 species were counted in the second week of January, approximately 64 percent more than in 2012. A total of 25,000 birds were counted in Kolgrafafjörður and Hraunsfjörður, visir.is reports.
As reported last week, a massive number of birds have been feeding in Kolgrafafjörður in recent days, where around 25,000-30,000 tons of herring which died due to lack of oxygen is rotting.
Fréttablaðið reported last week that it was being monitored whether the dead herring had any negative impacts on the health of the birds.
Click here to read more about the herring that died in the fjord.