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Common Cranes in Iceland
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The Common Crane Grus grus is a regular but rare visitor over here, with 52 accepted birds up to and including 2011. As most arrive in spring, they tend to "pop-up" nearly anywhere on the island. The first was found in the east (at Seyðisfjörður), in spring 1968.

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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 records for the period mentioned.

    © Gunnlaugur Pétursson / Yann Kolbeinsson