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Failed Puffin Nesting in Iceland

It looks as though very few puffin chicks will survive after this summer’s nesting in the Westman Islands, Akurey island, Ingólfshöfdi promontory and Papey island by Iceland’s southern coast, according to the South Iceland Nature Center.

Puffins. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In all the puffin holes which the Nature Center’s employees monitored, eggs were either neglected or the chicks were killed shortly after hatching, Morgunbladid reports.

The Nature Center stated that although puffin nesting has been poor in the Westman Islands for many years, the situation has never been as severe as this summer. However, the situation in the places that were monitored in north Iceland was better.

Click here to read more about the condition of the puffin stock.

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