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The Icelandic spring arrived with the first European golden plover of the year

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  • Spring arrives with the 'lóa' The first European golden plover, called heiðlóa in Icelandic, of the year was spotted in Breiðdalur in East Iceland yesterday. Photo/Bjorn Christian Torrissen on Wikipedia

According to Birding Iceland the first European golden plover, called heiðlóa in Icelandic, of the year was spotted in Breiðdalur in East Iceland yesterday. The bird holds a special place in the hearts of Icelanders as its arrival traditionally marks the beginning of spring.

The first bird’s long awaited arrival is announced on every Icelandic news channel every year. And what welcome news it is after such a prolonged and stormy winter!

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Birding Iceland writes on their Facebook page that the first European golden plover usually arrives in March, although the main arrival does not happen until a month later. The breed is common to Iceland and its song has since long been an unbreakable part of Icelandic spring and summer. 

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