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Birds Abandon Nests in Ash-Stricken Area

A snipe which made a nest on the grounds of the playschool in Kirkjubaejarklaustur has not been seen since last weekend and the four eggs in its nest are covered in ash.


While the ash fall was at its worst. Photo by Monique Starr. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

However, Gudmundur A. Gudmundsson, ornithologist at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History, told that the snipe might try laying eggs again giving that the nesting season had just begun.

Gudmundsson said it is likely that a number of birds abandoned their nests during the ash fall, especially shore birds. Ducks and geese are more likely to have stayed put.

People have contacted the Institute of Natural History in the past days to report on dead birds and abandoned nests in the areas subject to the most ash fall.

Gudmundsson said it hasn’t been decided whether the impact of the eruption on the nesting of birds will be studied separately.

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