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Live Feed of Blackbird Nest Delights Bird Lovers

By Yelena

svartþrastarhreiður blackbird nest
Photo: A screenshot from RÚV.

Bird lovers around the world can now tune into a live feed of a blackbird nest in Iceland where one hardworking parent is incubating three eggs. The eggs are expected to hatch in the coming days. The feed is provided by RÚV television program Landinn.

Called a svartþröstur in Icelandic, the Eurasian blackbird (Turdus merula) was first recorded breeding in Iceland in 1969. There are now over 2,000 blackbird pairs in the country, mostly nesting and wintering in Southwest Iceland but also in other regions.

The Eurasian blackbird mostly nests in trees where it builds a neat, cup-shaped nest. Its light-blue eggs are about the size of a 10-króna coin, measuring around 2.7cm (1in) across. The birds most often lay 3-5 eggs, which they incubate for 13-15 days before they hatch. The species is monogamous, and an established pair will usually stay together as long as they survive.

Migratory birds return to nest and guests arrive

Spring is the ideal season for birdwatching in Iceland, as migratory birds are returning to the country from their wintering grounds to nest. It is also the best season to spot birds that are only occasional visitors, such as the glossy ibis below. The species was spotted on May 2 for only the 9th time ever in Iceland.

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