Birdwatching at Børgin

Børgin is a little fjord arm located partly in Inderøy and partly in Steinkjær municipality, and definitely a place to visit all year round. During migration periods, vast numbers of geese and ducks use this area as a staging place. And in the winter, you will find many sea birds here. In the early part of the summer, you will find breeding species here as well. If you broaden out to visit other parts of Inderøy, this segment will also broaden out.
This approximately ten kilometre long fjord arm is both nutritious and shallow. In addition, it is surrounded by agricultural land. Hence, it has a magnetic effect on many migrating species, including the Pink-footed Goose. Of these, you will find thousands in the spring and many, but not as many, in the autumn. You should make it your mission to find a Greater White-fronted Goose or Taiga Bean Goose among these.
Within Børgin lies Rolsøya Naturreservat (Rolsøya Nature Reserve), and just outside of Børgin, you will find Vikaleiret Fuglefredningsområde (Vikaleiret Bird Reserve).


Map over Børgin


An Important Overwintering Area
Bird life at Børgin is just as interesting in the winter as it is the rest of the year. The place is ideal for overwintering diving ducks, grebes, loons, and gulls. Part of the reason for that is a strong tidal current in the area called Straumen, which does not freeze in the winter. Straumen is actually, together with Tautra, the most important overwintering places for Common Eiders in Trondheimsfjorden. And among all the Common Eiders, you have the opportunity to find the King Eider. In the list of species further down on this page, you will find more examples of wintering species.

Helpful Information

Best time to visit:All year.
Bird towers:None.
Local association:NOF Steinkjer lokallag
Shoes:Water proof hiking boots.
Clothes:Leisure or hiking wear.




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 Terje Kolaas through the web page Northern Birding

Did you know …

… that the King Eider is seen every winter at Børgin?

… that April 20th, 2007, a rough estimate of 15,000 Pink-footed Geese were registered?

… that Børgin is one of the two most important overwintering locations for Common Eiders in Trondheimsfjorden?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds at Børgin

Rare Birds at Børgin
Here are some examples of rare birds that have been seen at Børgin:
Tundra Swan, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Red-breasted Goose, Green-winged Teal, Red-crested Pochard, King Eider, Steller’s Eider, Yellow-billed Loon, Black Kite, Corn Crake, Pied Avocet, Marsh Sandpiper, Little Gull, Iceland Gull, Hoary Redpoll.

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