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Whinchats in Iceland
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The first Whinchat Saxicola rubetra was recorded in September 1947 at Fagurhólsmýri, Örćfi (SE-Iceland). It is now a near annual vagrant, seen almost exclusively in autumn. 121 had been recorded here up to and including 2006.

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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