Birdwatching in Mølen

Birdlife in Mølen and Brunlanes (hereafter referred to as Mølen) is pretty extreme at times. That is the reason why this area is considered one of Norway’s best birding locations, particularly during the autumn migration. Although the spring migration is not as extensive, this time of year is really worth a visit as well. The composition of bird species is usually somewhat different at that time than in the autumn. From mid-May through mid-June, oftentimes rare species will show up.
Bear in mind that Mølen is a popular hiking area generally speaking. Hence, getting out early can be a good idea, at least in the weekends.


Map over Mølen

2Mølen–towards Sandbukta
6Bird station

Spectacular Autumn Migration
On the best days in the autumn, nearly 100,000 birds are registered, with a variety of some 100 species. The number of land birds migrating directly is really vast in this season. The reason being, among other things, that many birds prefer the shortest route overseas. Mølen is a spit of land in direction Skagerrak, so many of the birds migrate through this area. Among the most numerous species are Common Chaffinch, Brambling, Common Wood Pigeon, Common Redpoll, and Eurasian Siskin. Additionally, the autumn is very good for seeing birds of prey in Mølen. Late autumn, the variety of loones, grebes, and auks increases as well.

Helpful Information

Biotope:Open moraine landscape with low vegetation.
Boulder beaches and agricultural landscape.
Best time to visit:All year.
Variety and numbers are at its peak during migration periods, especially autumn.
Bird towers:None.
Terrain:Slightly hilly.
Local association:Mølen Ornitologiske Stasjon.
Shoes:Water proof hiking boots.
Clothes:Wind proof hiking wear.

Mølen Ornitologiske Stasjon (Mølen Bird Observatory)
Mølen has a very active bird observatory, established in 1976. They have their own cabin and offer accommodation for those who want to participate in the work at the station. The bird observatory is regularly monitoring the birdlife in the area, and they are ringing birds. The cabin is located near the large car park.




Birdingbed cooperates with long-time experienced guides in customizing personalized birdwatching experiences like…

  • excursions to see owls, woodpeckers, birds of prey and more.
  • Black Grouse lek, Capercaillie lek, bird cliffs, among other things
  • photography trips.
  • finding specific species.

For guided excursions in this area, contact Anders Faugstad Mæland through the web page Birdwatching Norway

Did you know …

… that approximately 320 different bird species have been observed in Mølen and Brunlanes?

… that a rough estimate of 230,000 Common Chaffinchs or Bramblings was registered on the same day in Mølen?

… that burial mounds from the Iron Age are found many places in Mølen?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds in Mølen and Brunlanes

Rare Birds in Mølen
Here are some of the rare species observed in Mølen:
King Eider, Steller’s Eider, Surf Scoter, Sooty Shearwater, Yellow-billed Loon, Black Kite, Red Kite, Red-footed Falcon, Saker Falcon, Red Phalarope, Willet, Little Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Thick-billed Murre, European Turtle-Dove, European Bee-eater, Greater Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Richard’s Pipit, Blyth’s Pipit, Water Pipit, Common Nightingale, Greenish Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Hume’s Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Ortolan Bunting, Little Bunting and Black-headed Bunting.

Key Map
Helpful Links
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