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A Paddyfield Warbler in Iceland

During the evening of 17th September 2004, eight birders from the Reykjavík area (two being actually from France..) rushed to the south-east of Iceland in the hope of twitching the Little Grebe early next morning that had been found (a first for the country) on that same day. But sometimes things doesn't go right, and the grebe was not at the rendez-vous ! Therefor the birders split into two parties, one scanning local gardens to the east and the other to the west. And the question was, who was going to be first to find a nice surprise ? Well, luck struck the "east party" (composed of Daníel Bergmann, Edward Barry Rickson, Gunnlaugur Pétursson and Gunnlaugur Þráinsson) as they walked through the garden of Brekka, Lón and noticed a strange looking Acrocephalus warbler.... This proved to be Iceland's first-ever Paddyfield Warbler A. agricola, a "long-awaited" addition to the Icelandic list.

The "west party" soon arrived to Brekka, and caught up easily with the bird. It was then mistnetted and released after being measured. The bird stayed there until 22nd September, with a Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus during the first days and four Bramblings Fringilla montifringilla at one time. Twelve Icelandic birders, and two French ones, caught up with this bird during its five day stay.

Photographs below were taken by Daníel Bergmann unless stated otherwise.

- YK 09/10/2004

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Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola
Brekka, Lón (SE)
18 September 2004

© Yann Kolbeinsson

© Yann Kolbeinsson

Ringing of the Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola

The garden where the warbler stayed, and happy birders !

© Yann Kolbeinsson