Birdwatching in Linnesstranda

Linnesstranda outside of Drammen is a reserve that is very easy to access. It is located not far from the motorway E18 in the municipality of Lier. And from its parking, the walk to the bird tower will only take you 5 minutes. The reserve is a small shallow water area near the river Lierelva’s outlet into Drammensfjorden.

This area is very interesting partly because of its dense swamp forest. In the grey alder-bird cherry forest, with its tree roots soaked in water at high tide, the creeping plant hop grows like vines among the trees. Because of this, the forest is extremely dense and almost impenetrable. Encircling the forest is a belt of common reed, which forms a nice connection to the mud banks on the outside. Like most mud banks, these have a lot to offer, especially at low tide.

Map over Linnesstranda

3Bird tower
4Dynodammen (pond)

Diverse Birdlife Around the Bird Tower
This fertile area, together with the coastline, brings about a very diverse birdlife. Along the river, on your way to the tower, you’ll find ducks like Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Mallard, and Common Goldeneye. And on a good day, you’ll see a beaver or two. In the spring, the forest offers quite a choir. Some of the species participating are Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Eurasian Blackbird, Thrush Nightingale, Icterine Warbler, Garden Warbler, Eurasian Blackcap, Eurasian Wren, Willow Warbler, and Common Chiffchaff.

From the bird tower, you can see species both on land and in the water. During the best periods, you can actually record 50 or 60 species just from the tower, from which you’ll see ducks, gulls, birds of prey, grebes, and loons. The latter two of these groups are often seen towards Drammen, far out at the point where Drammenselva runs out.

Dynodammen and Møysund
Dynodammen, located just east of the bird tower, is another exciting area to stop by. Along its brinks, there are usually many passerines. During migration, White-throated Dipper and Common Kingfisher might also be seen where the creek along the path runs out into the river. Additionally, there should be ducks in the water and Grey Herons in the trees. Remember to walk quietly here to be sure not to scare away whatever is around.

The great number of dead trees around the pond attracts different woodpeckers, like Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, and Eurasian Wryneck. A birch forest is also found in the area, and here, Wood Warbler has been seen many times. Different waders and singing warblers breed in this swamp forest as well, and if you’re fortunate, you might get to see Hawfinch, Marsh Tit, and Eurasian Treecreeper.
Around Møysund, just north of Gullaug kirke (church), you can go on a nocturnal bird trip. And if it’s a good night, you’ll hear Eurasian Reed Warbler, Water Rail, and Spotted Crake.

Outside of the Reserve
Outside of Linnesstranda nature reserve, you’ll find many places that are worth a visit. At Gilhusodden, for example, you can find Little Ringed Plover, Meadow Pipit, and Western Yellow Wagtail, while at the same time getting a great fjord view. And around the knolls, you’ll find breeding species like Northern Lapwing, Eurasian Skylark, and Yellowhammer, among others. Oftentimes, Northern Wheatear and Golden Plover can be found during migration.

The web page has a detailed description of Linnesstranda.

Helpful Information

Best time to visit:March through October, but also a lot of activity in the winter.
Bird towers:Yes, at point 3.
Local association:NOF Buskerud
NOF Drammen og omegn lokallag
Shoes:Waterproof hiking shoes. Rubber boots in case of heavy rain or flooding.
Clothes:Hiking wear.



Did you know …

… that more than 220 species have been seen at Linnesstranda?

… that Linnesstranda is a guaranteed place to hear Thrush Nightingale in the early summer?

… that all the woodpeckers have been recorded at Linnesstranda?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds in Linnesstranda

Rare Birds
These are some of the rare guests that have stopped by Linnesstranda:
Tundra Swan, Bar-headed Goose, Snow Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Mandarin Duck, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Great Egret, Red Kite, Pied Avocet, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Mediterranean Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Grasshopper-Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Hoary Redpoll, Ortolan Bunting.

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