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Red-necked Grebes in Iceland
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A total of 48 Red-necked Grebes Podiceps grisegena have been recorded here up to and including 2006, making this grebe the most regular of the vagrant grebes. This species is mainly found in the extreme south-west during winter time. Note the high top in the last week of December... reflecting findings during the annual Christmas Bird Count! Five (possibly seven) of the collected birds are of the Nearctic or east Palearctic subspecies holboellii, while only one of the west Palearctic subspecies grisegena. The first was collected in December 1885 at Keflavík (SW-Iceland), subspecies unknown.

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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