Bad breeding season for Iceland sea birds

More bad news for Iceland’s breeding sea birds comes from the Snaefellsjokull National Park, where this year’s breeding season did not go well.

According to biologist Ellen Magnusdottir, most sea birds did not manage to raise young successfully this summer, RUV reported this week.

In an interview with the broadcaster, she said that the breeding season had been particularly bad in the national park and a large proportion of the kittiwakes and fulmars left the breeding cliffs early. Few guillemots even came to the cliffs and even fewer nested. The Arctic tern began nesting much later than usual; with disastrous consequences for many of the young.

Similar stories are being reported from around the country and this is not the first disappointing year. There are many possible reasons for the decline; including warming seas, fewer prey fish, more predators, and unusual weather. One bright spot from the Snaefellsjokull National Park is that the many species of wading birds did not have a bad nesting season.

More can be read on the subject here:

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