Birdwatching in Øra
Øra Naturreservat (Øra Nature Reserve) is a large wetland area just outside of Fredrikstad. The first time you visit Øra Nature Reserve, one of Norway’s best wetland areas for birdwatching, you will be quite surprised. The variety of ducks, waders, gulls, and other birds as well is remarkable. Rarities will also regularly show up. However, the greatest surprise does not involve birds.
The Greatest Surprise
Although birdlife in Øra offers great variety, the greatest surprise does not concern birds. The thing is, you have to drive through the recycling plant of Fredrikstad municipality to get to the bird reserve and the bird tower. There is no fee to pass the barrier. However, when the plant is closed, you have to park on the outside and walk. Speaking of rubbish, gulls have a tendency of being attracted by it, which is also the case here. Hence, this is a good area to look for rare gulls. These are some of the observations made in this area: Little Gull, Sabine’s Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Gull, Yellow-Legged Gull, Iceland Gull, and Glaucous Gull.