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Mute Swans in Iceland
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The first vagrant record of Mute Swan Cygnus olor occurred in June 1989 at Hvalnes, Lón (SE-Iceland), but during 1958-1977 a small feral population existed in and around Reykjavík city but became extinct. Since 1989, eight more Mute Swans have been found, one of them becoming a long-stayer. It was found during the summer 1996 in NE-Iceland and came back every summer to the same area until September 2004 when it was found dead. All birds come with migrating Whooper Swans, with a total of nine birds being accepted up to and including 2011.

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  • Figure 1 shows the distribution of records in Iceland, the circles representing different numbers of birds and the blue triangles records at sea.
  • Figure 2 shows the weekly distribution of records. Red columns show the week of discovery and the yellow columns all observations after the first week (for birds that are seen more than one week).
    R = number of records & F = number of birds.
  • Figure 3 shows the annual distribution of new records for the period mentioned.

    © Gunnlaugur Pétursson / Yann Kolbeinsson