Birdwatching in Linesøya and Stokkøya

Linesøya and Stokkøya is located north in the area called Fosen. Both of these beautiful islands are worth a birdwatching visit. Since 2011, these two islands have been connected by a bridge, and Stokkøya has a bridge connecting it to the mainland. Hence, it will be easy for you to experience birdlife in both these islands—something that we definitely would recommend.


Map over Linesøya

2Linesøybrua (bridge)
4Moloen (The breakwater)

Linesøya is a scenic and idyllic island, characterized by coastal rock slopes and a rich cultural landscape. Because of the island’s location far out into the sea, the winters are mild, which again gives good conditions for overwintering birds that otherwise would have travelled south. For instance, it is not unusual for flocks of typical migrating birds like the European Starling to stay here for the winter. Similarly, you may also find a Common Snipe here and there.

The scenic cultural landscape contributes to Linesøya’s many waders, passerines, and birds of prey. And if you are searching thoroughly, your chances of finding a Eurasian Woodcock are good, especially on its evening migration. Of the more common passerines, we could mention Redwing, European Robin, Dunnock, Willow Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Whinchat, Eurasian Siskin, and Goldcrest. European Goldfinch has also settled here. Besides, Sedge Warblers and Common Whitethroats breed on the island. Among the typical birds of prey, you might see Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Kestrel, and Merlin at daytime.

Black Grouse Lek Guarantee
It is safe to say that Linesøya provides a Black Grouse lek guarantee—for the Black Grouse itself and for the birdwatchers. The population of Black Grouse on this island is vast. Moreover, the presence of red fox is low, which otherwise would have kept the population down. Another peculiar thing is that nobody hunts Black Grouse in Linesøya, as the owners of shooting rights put great emphasis on having a good population of this beautiful gallinaceous bird because of the experience value.

Map over Stokkøya

4Hosansand landskapsvernområde (protected land area)

Stokkøya has many of the same qualities as Linesøya. For instance, nine different birds of prey species have been observed here, whereas the mighty White-tailed Eagle is very common. Additionally, species like Purple Sandpiper, Black Guillemot, Little Auk, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Rock Pipit, Ring Ouzel, Common Whitethroat, Crested Tit, and Twite might inspire you to visit.

Helpful Information

Biotope:Cultural and coastal landscapes.
Best time to visit:All year. However, most activity during migration.
Bird towers:None.
Terrain:Slightly hilly.
Local association:NOF Fosen lokallag
Shoes:Hiking shoes or training shoes.
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 Linesøya has been visited by Manx Shearwater, Red Phalarope, European Turtle Dove, Snowy Owl, Eurasian Hoopoe, Siberian Stonechat, Barred Warbler, White-winged Crossbill, and Pine Grosbeak, among others?

…that at winter time, Linesøya and Stokkøya are good places to look for Common Loon, Yellow-billed Loon, Red-necked Grebe, and Golden Eagle?

…that Linesøya has its own cultural path with many great information posters? These posters contain pictures and text about birdlife in the area.

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Landscape Pictures

Some of the Birds in Linesøya and Stokkøya

Key Map
Helpful Links
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