Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

For me, one of the signs that summer is coming is when these large wading birds appear in the city, happily pecking in the grass on the traffic verges and islands and blithely ignoring the traffic.

Most of the oystercatchers in Iceland are migratory, but you can see some non-migratory oystercatchers on the shores of south and west Iceland year round, including on some beaches within the greater Reykjavík area.

The Icelandic and Faeroese name for this bird is tjaldur. It is the national bird of the Faeroe Islands.

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