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Cold spell kills nesting birds

Morgunbladid reports that a recent cold spell has killed a number of nesting birds or driven them off their nests.

The ornithologist Ólafur K. Nielsen said to Morgunbladid that many wild birds had been driven off their nests to look for food in areas of human habitat. He mentioned plover, whimbrel, redwing, pipit and snipe as examples of birds affected by the cold spell.

Ólafur said that the northeastern part of Iceland was particularly affected by the cold weather.

According to Ólafur, larger birds such as ravens and skuas benefited from the harsh weather since they scavenged for dead or dying birds to feed their own young.

The weather forecast calls for continued cold weather over the next few days, northerly winds accompanied by rain and sleet.

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