Birdwatching in Starene

Just a few minutes’ drive from Åkersvika in Hamar, you can visit another very exciting area—Starene in the municipality of Stange. At first sight, you might think that this agricultural landscape isn’t a typical place for birdwatching. However, when walking around this terrain for a moment, you’ll soon discover that it is well suited for both birds and birdwatchers.


Map over Starene

1Horne farm
2Starene observatory
3Ridge by the flood pond
6Østre Frenning

Landscape and Birds in Starene
Starene is a typical cultural and wetland area with rivers and canals, spinneys, large agricultural areas and artificial ponds. Nice paths with great markings are set up as well. In some of the fields, flood ponds are formed in the spring. These ponds attract hundreds of geese and ducks, and among the most common species regularly seen are Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Taiga Bean Goose, and Greater White-fronted Goose. Hunting over these large fields, owls and birds of prey are also seen pretty often. Six different owl species and 15 different species of birds of prey have been seen in Starene.
Early summer is a good time to go on a nocturnal bird trip along the canals. You might get to hear Common Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Water Rail, Corn Crake, Common Quail, or even more rare species if you are fortunate.

Våtmarksgruppa i NOF, avd. Hedmark
Våtmarksgruppa i NOF, avd. Hedmark (Wetland Group of the Norwegian Ornithology Association Hedmark Branch), was formed in 1990 and consists of NOF members associated to the Hamar region. These members have a special interest for ponds and wetlands in this cultural landscape and often help give the government and landowners advice on restoration and administration measures for ponds and wetlands. They were the initiators and advisors when the artificial ponds in Starene were established. Read more about their work on (only in Norwegian).

Helpful Information

Biotope:Cultural and wetland area.
Best time to visit:Migration periods, particularly April.
Late spring or early summer for nocturnally singing warblers.
Bird towers:None.
Terrain:Slightly hilly.
Local association:Starene Feltstasjon
Shoes:Water proof hiking shoes..
Clothes:Leisure or hiking wear.

Starene feltstasjon
At Starene feltstasjon (field observatory), the activity level is high. This field observatory at Horne farm accepts visits from nurseries, school classes, universities and other institutions, giving good and detailed information on birdlife and biotope at Starene. Additionally, you can experience the ringing activity close up, and the ringing nets can be seen several places around the landscape in Starene.
Contact for Starene field observatory: Trond Vidar Vedum, mobile: +47 995 84 460.



Did you know …

… that a Common Kingfisher was ringed in Starene 5th June 2018?

… that both Red Kite and Pallid Harrier has been seen in Starene?

… that the Norwegian celebrity “Sture the Stork”, who spent the winter around Hamar in 2008/2009, also was seen in Starene?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Pictures from the Area

Some of the Birds in Starene

Key Map
Helpful Links
(also in english)