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A Black-throated Blue Warbler in Iceland

An adult female Black-throated Blue Warbler Dendroica caerulescens was discovered by Gaukur Hjartarson, Gunnlaugur Þráinsson, Per Lif, Sigmundur Ásgeirsson & Yann Kolbeinsson in early morning of 17 October 2003, at Heimaey island, Vestmannaeyjar (S-Iceland). It was later in the day seen by five other birders coming from Reykjavík to see the bird. It was still present in the same garden of the town the following day and could be seen by 12 persons in total. This bird is aged as an adult because of the clear white base of the primaries and the presence of bluish colour in the tail feathers.

There is one accepted record of this species in Iceland and the Western Palearctic; an adult male also at Heimaey on 14-19 Sept 1988. - YK/19.10.2003

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Black-throated Blue Warbler Dendroica caerulescens
Heimaey island, Vestmannaeyjar (S)
17 October 2003

© Daníel Bergmann

Black-throated Blue Warbler Dendroica caerulescens
Heimaey island, Vestmannaeyjar (S)
17 October 2003

© Daníel Bergmann

The Black-throated Blue Warbler was found in the yellow
bush on the right side of the photo, where it spent
most of its time during the two days it was seen!

17 October 2003

© Yann Kolbeinsson