Birdwatching in Fornebu

Since Oslo’s main airport was moved from Fornebu, many new houses and commercial buildings have been, and are still beeing, constructed. Nevertheless, birdlife in this area is rich, and the ornithological activity is high. In Fornebu, active ringing is being performed. Additionally, rarities show up quite often. Halvøya, located in the inner part of the Oslo Fjord, has many narrow bays and shallow water areas. Several places are encircled with rush and common reed. Bearded Reedling and Water Rail enjoy this area and can often be seen in the winter as well. Spring is the best migration period. However, rarities can also show up in the autumn.

Map over Fornebu

1Lilløyplassen (bird observatory)
6Fürst brygge (dock)

Popular Tourist Area
In correlation with all the construction activity in Fornebu, beautiful parks with paths, planted areas, ponds, rivulets, and even a bathing place have been built. For that reason, if you want the best birdwatching experience here, you should come early in the morning and preferably avoid weekends. Storøykilen and Koksøykilen are the most frequently visited places for birders. In the park Nansenparken, you could be fortunate enough to encounter rare passerines.
For families, school classes, nursery schools, and others who want to learn more about the nature in Fornebu, we would recommend a visit to Lilløyplassen Naturhus (Lilløyplassen Nature House). This is one of the two branches of Besøkssenter våtmark Oslo (Visitor Centre Wetlands Oslo).

Helpful Information

Biotope:Wetlands with reed forest. Hiking trails, parks and planted areas.
Best time to visit:Whole year, but greatest activity during migration periods.
Bird towers:None.
Terrain:Slightly hilly.
Local association:NOF Oslo og Akershus
Shoes:Training shoes or hiking boots.
Clothes:Casual clothes or hiking wear.



Did you know …

… that the colourful species European Goldfinch is quite common in Fornebu?

… that Fornebu is one of the few places in Norway where you can see Bearded Reedling?

… that a Bobolink stayed in Fornebu from the 6th through the 8th of November 1977? This is the only record of this species in Norway.

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds in Fornebu

Rare Birds in Fornebu
Here are some of the rare species that have been seen one or more times in Fornebu:
Red-breasted Goose, Common Loon, Yellow-billed Loon, Manx Shearwater, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Little Egret, Great Egret, Red Kite, Montagu’s Harrier, Red-footed Falcon, Pied Avocet, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Great Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Little Tern, Caspian Tern, Sandwich Tern, Thick-billed Murre, European Turtle-Dove, Pallid Swift, Red-rumped Swallow, Richard’s Pipit, Siberian Stonechat, Pied Wheatear, Common Grasshopper-Warbler, Eurasian River Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Barred Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest, Eurasian Penduline-Tit, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-tailed Shrike, Carrion Crow, Corn Bunting, European Serin, White-winged Crossbill, Bobolink and Ortolan Bunting.

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