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Blyth's Reed Warblers in Iceland

Two Blyth's Reed Warblers Acrocephalus dumetorum were discovered on 17 October 2003. One was mistnetted and released at Smyrlabjörg/Suðursveit (SE-Iceland) by Björn Arnarson & Brynjúlfur Brynjólfsson, while another was found by Yann Kolbeinsson at Heimaey island, Vestmannaeyjar (S-Iceland) and shortly after seen by the whole gang of birders on the island (Daníel Bergmann, Gaukur Hjartarson, Gunnar Þ. Hallgrímsson, Gunnlaugur Pétursson, Gunnlaugur Þráinsson, Hallgrímur Gunnarsson, Per Lif, Sigmundur Ásgeirsson & Stefán Á. Ragnarsson). The latter bird was also mistnetted but later died while being measured. Photos of the Heimaey bird can be seen below, in addition to one photo of the Smyrlabjörg bird.

There are three accepted records of this species in Iceland; one collected in Nov 1997 and two birds in Sept-Oct 2002 (both mistnetted and released). - YK/11.10.2006

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Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
Smyrlabjörg, Suðursveit (SE)
17 October 2003

© Björn Arnarson

Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
Heimaey island, Vestmannaeyjar (S)
17 October 2003

© Daníel Bergmann

Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
Heimaey island, Vestmannaeyjar (S)
17 October 2003

© Daníel Bergmann

Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
Heimaey island, Vestmannaeyjar (S)
17 October 2003

© Daníel Bergmann