Birdwatching at Levanger Shoreline

Levanger shoreline has no less than four bird reserves lined up like pearls on a string. In addition, the industrial area Fiborgtangen is frequently visited both by birds and birders. These areas near Levanger contain mud beaches with boulders, and they are surrounded by beach meadows and cultivated land. In other words, a perfect staging place for migrating geese, ducks, and waders. These locations are easy to access and can be reached through side roads from the main road E6.

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Map over Levanger shoreline

Point
1Falstadbukta
2Holmbukta
3Fiborgtangen
4Holsandbukta
5Alnesfjæra
6Nesset
7Eidsbotn
8Levangersundet
9Holmhaugen
10Tynesfjæra

Falstadbukta Fuglefredningsområde (Falstadbukta Bird Reserve)
Falstadbukta is the southernmost bird reserve mentioned on this location site for Mid-Norway. Here, you will also find a large and wide intertidal and shallow water zone which borders cultivated land and grey alder forest. This place attracts vast numbers of geese, ducks, and waders during migration periods. The autumn migration is the most extensive. Common Shelduck breeds here regularly, and for many ducks, particularly for Mallards and Common Eiders, Falstadbukta serves as a moulting and overwintering place.

Fiborgtangen
Around Fiborgtangen, you will have the opportunity to see much of the same as in the bird reserves. However, this area is smaller, and the density of birds is often just as high. Hence, it can be easier to get closer to the birds in Fiborgtangen than in the other places. Naturally, this is a popular place for birders, especially for the photographers among them.

Helpful Information

Description:
Biotope:Wetlands.
Best time to visit:All year. However, bird life reaches its peak during migration.
Bird towers:None.
Terrain:Flat.
Local association:NOF Verdal og Levanger lokallag
Equipment:
Shoes:Water proof hiking boots.
Food:Recommended.
Clothes:Leisure or hiking wear.
Binoculars:Essential.
Telescope:Recommended.

Alnes Fuglefredningsområde (Alnes Bird Reserve)
Alnes Bird Reserve is located about 5 kilometres southwest of Levanger centre. The reserve consist of a 2.5 kilometre long intertidal area with boulders and with cultivated land close by. The Alnes foreshore is an important staging place for water birds like loons, grebes, geese, ducks, waders, and gulls during migration both spring and autumn. As with several other places along this shoreline, thousands of birds can be gathered at the same time. Great numbers of Pink-footed Geese regularly commute between the Alnes foreshore and the pastures of Nesset. Many ducks, Common Eiders and Mallards in particular, use this area for moulting and overwintering. Alfnesholmen (Alfnes islet), located about 600 metres from land, is an important breeding location, especially so for gulls. In addition, many other birds that are not so commonly seen in Trondheimsfjorden have been found breeding here.

Eidsbotn and Levangersundet
Eidsbotn is a shallow water basin connected to Trondheimsfjorden by the approximately 1.5 kilometres long inlet Levangersundet. The low water areas vary between sand, boulders and large sections of mud. Eidsbotn is mainly surrounded by houses and cultivated land. The basin is an important staging place for water birds during the spring and autumn migration. Thousands of geese, ducks, waders, and gulls can be gathered here at the same time. This place also serves as a moulting area for Common Eiders and Common Goldeneyes, among others. In addition, many Whooper Swans and ducks are spending the winter here.

Tynesfjæra Fuglefredningsområde (Tynesfjæra Bird Reserve)
Tynesfjæra is located a few kilometres northeast of Levanger centre. The low water area is divided into two bays, whereas the northernmost of them contain the richest birdlife. Forest and cultivated land encircle the wetlands, and you will also find beach meadows and common sea-buckthorn here.
Regarding birds, migration periods are the most interesting times here, primarily the autumn. Quite a good number of water birds like geese, ducks, and waders breeds here. It should also be mentioned that the Common Shelduck breeds here regularly. The area also serves as a moulting and overwintering area for ducks, particularly Common Eiders and Mallards.

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Guiding

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 Alnæsfjæra was visited by a Eurasian Golden Oriole on July 15th, 2007?

… that on April 29th, 2006, a rough estimate of 30,000 Pink-footed Geese were registered in Fiborgtangen?

… that the colourful Common Shelduck is very common in the area around Levanger?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds at Levanger Shoreline

Here are some examples of rare birds that have been seen around Levanger:
Tundra Swan, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Egyptian Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Wood Duck, Mandarin Duck, Green-winged Teal, American Black Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Steller’s Eider, Japanese Quail, Yellow-billed Loon, European Storm-Petrel, Great Egret, Black Kite, Gyrfalcon, Corn Crake, Pied Avocet, Pectoral Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pomarine Jaeger, Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Sandwich Tern, Common Kingfisher, Red-throated Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Hoary Redpoll, White-winged Crossbill.

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