Birds in Norway
Norway stretches 1800 kilometers in a north-south direction, and while the coastal areas are humid and surprisingly warm in winter, this is not the case once you move inland. The fjordlands and mountains in the west, woodlands in the east and arctic conditions in the north probably makes Norway one of the most diverse countries regarding habitats
This report documents the sightings on a two week whistle-stop birding tour of Finland and north-eastern Norway from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic Ocean (and back) via the Central Lakeland, Oulu Province, Koillismaa Region, Lapland, Varangerfjord, Karelia and the South Coast. For the most part the notes are copied straight from my notebook and reflect the shorthand nature of observations written in the field.
The main aim of this trip was to observe the many northern species typical of Fennoscandia, both new and familiar to myself. I decided to try and cover as much of the region as was possible, thereby experiencing the Arctic avifauna at the southern limits of its breeding range and the Siberian species at the western extensions of their ranges.
The trip exceeded all expectations with 204 species recorded, the highlights being the owls, bogs full of waders, eastern Warblers, Cranes, seabird cliffs and the unbelievably tame Red-necked Phalaropes. Birds aside, the landscapes of forests, lakes, bogs and tundra were a tranquil experience in themselves aided by the superb light and constant daylight in the north and the low mists which formed over the lakes from dusk to dawn.