Feeding the Birds at Tjörnin
Near City Hall (Ráðhúsið), is a large pond, where, even when mostly frozen, has an open area where waterfowl of all types gather. The area attracts, at different seasons, 40+ species of water birds, including Arctic terns, Eider ducks, Gadwalls, geese, Mallards, gulls, scaup, and (my favorites) whooper swans. From early morning until dusk, crowds carrying bags of bread and bird food gather to feed them. When frozen, the lake is a playground for locals, who congregate with their skates and sleds or just slide around on their boots for fun.
By Karla Jacobs
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