Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) counting.
Snæfellsnes Research centre has begun counting Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) on the main fjords and inlets between Stykkishólmur and Álftarfjördur. The area can be seen on the Google aerial photograph here below. Álftarfjörður is a key area for the Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) in Iceland and the objective of this project is among others to see for how big part of the year the Whooper Swans dwell on the area and what area they are primarily using. There has been a lot of talk regarding the increase in numbers of Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus), but research is lacking for a lot of areas around Iceland, including Álftarfjörður.
The first count was performed on the 6th of November 2008, as the area was scanned for good counting spots for the Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus). In this first count there were 179 birds spotted. Since then the Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) have been counted with 2 weeks interval. As can be seen on the graph below there was a big decrease in the number of Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) after the first count. This is probably due to the fact that it got a lot colder on the area after the first count, which resulted in almost 50% decrease in the number of birds. with the summer we’re getting warmer days and the numbers of the Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) are growing and we are hoping for a lively summer.
On this graph you can see the number of Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) that have been counted.
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