Birdwatching at Kurefjorden

Kurefjorden is one of Eastern Norway’s best birding locations. This area does not only offer a great variety of water birds, birds of prey, and possibilities for rarities but is also a very good place for family trips. Between the car park and the bird tower, you just have to walk 400 meters in flat terrain. Walking up the stairs to the great view is probably something the kids will like as well. This tower is a very good spot to look for ducks and divers. On the way out to the tower, you can examine Common Whitethroats and other passerines.

Map over Kurefjorden

1Bird tower at Kurefjorden

A Good Place for Night Singer Trips
The whole area around Kurefjorden is a good place to experience nocturnal birds. Regularly, both common and less common night singers are found in this area. Most of these reports come from Grindholmen and Rosnesbukta, but the many opportunities are lined up throughout the territory. This area’s biggest night sensation so far was a very active Sora, originating from the United States. This rare guest sang through the summer nights of 2017 by Grindholmen. This was the very first time Sora was registered in Norway, and ornithologists from all of Scandinavia flocked here to share in the experience.

Waders and Birds of Prey
Rosnesbukta and Ovenbukta are shallow water areas where large mudflats are exposed during low tides. Hence, these places are perfect staging places for many waders, whereas Broad-billed Sandpiper is among the most frequent guests. In addition, many different birds of prey are observed near these areas, making the trip here even more exciting.

Helpful Information

Biotope:Wetlands with islets.
Best time to visit:Whole year. However, the variety of waders are particularly great during migration periods.
Bird towers:Point 1–Bird tower at Kurefjorden.
Local association:NOF Moss og Omegn lokallag.
Shoes:Training shoes or hiking boots.
Clothes:Casual clothes or hiking wear.
Binoculars:Strongly recommended.
Telescope:Not necessary, but recommended.



Did you know …

… that Norway’s first record of Red-crested Pochard and Bonaparte’s Gull was in Kurefjorden?

… that Little Terns were breeding in Kurefjorden for several years in the 1990’s?

… that the Broad-billed Sandpiper is a regular guest in Kurefjorden late May to early June and in August??

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds at Kurefjorden

Some of the Rare Birds That Have Been Seen around Kurefjorden
Lesser White-fronted Goose, Red-breasted Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Baikal Teal, Green-winged Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, European Storm-Petrel, Great Egret, Black Stork, White Stork, Black Kite, Red Kite, Montagu’s Harrier, Red-footed Falcon, Sora, Eurasian Thick-knee, Kentish Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bonaparte’s Gull, Iceland Gull, Little Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, European Turtle-Dove, Crested Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Citrine Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Barred Warbler, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Lesser Grey Shrike, Carrion Crow, Hoary Redpoll, Little Bunting.

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