Birdwatching at Revtangen and Orrevatnet

You cannot help but to envy birdwatchers that live in Jæren, for example close to Revtangen and Orrevatnet Nature Reserve. Here, you can go birdwatching all year round. And the variety of species is exciting no matter the season. Even in the middle of the winter, you will find birds in vast numbers in this area—either swans, geese, ducks, grebes, loons, or birds of prey. Rare gulls may also be seen here, particularly the Glaucous Gull. Near Orreosen, you will find a bird tower, giving you a good view over the water Orrevatnet. The water Ergavatnet, just south of the bird tower, is also worth visiting if you are in the area.

Long Migrating Season
During the migration periods, the variety of species increases even more. Common birds and rarities swarm. The same is the case with the breeding season. Actually, you cannot be categorical when defining these seasons. In the middle of the breeding season, some species end their spring migration, while others start their autumn migration—creating a wonderfully mixed birdlife.


Map over Revtangen and Orrevatnet

4The karting track
7Bird tower near Orreosen
8Ergavatnet west

Revtangen Bird Observatory
Revtangen has a very active bird observatory that knows how to take advantage of the good conditions in the area. The observatory rings many of the birds that are ringed in Norway every year. Revtangen Bird Observatory was established in 1937 and is run by Museum Stavanger. The observatory is open for visits from school classes and other interested ones on appointment. Read more under the section “Education” on Stavanger museum’s web page.

Helpful Information

Best time to visit:All year.
Bird towers:Point 7 by Orreosen.
Local association:Revtangen Ornitologiske Stasjon
Shoes:Water proof hiking shoes.
Clothes:Wind proof hiking wear and rainwear.




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 Anders Faugstad Mæland through the web page Birdwatching Norway

Did you know …

… that Revtangen Bird Observatory is the oldest bird observatory in the whole of Scandinavia?

… that 6,000-12,000 waders and passerines are ringed at Revtangen every year?

… that Revtangen and Orrevatnet has a rich birdlife all year round?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds at Revtangen and Orrevatnet

Rare Birds at Revtangen and Orrevatnet
You should not be all that surprised if a rarity were to show up during a visit to Revtangen and Orrevatnet. To stir your interest, these are species that have been seen one or more times in the area:
Red-breasted Goose, Egyptian Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Baikal Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Steller’s Eider, Surf Scoter, Pied-billed Grebe, Balearic Shearwater, Little Egret, White Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill, Pallid Harrier, Red-footed Falcon, Pacific Golden-Plover, American Golden-Plover, Greater Sand-Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Terek Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Marsh Sandpiper, Black-winged Pratincole, Bonaparte’s Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Little Tern, Caspian Tern, White-winged Tern, Oriental Turtle-Dove, Snowy Owl, Alpine Swift, Red-throated Pipit, Siberian Accentor, Pied Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Sykes’s Warbler and Great Reed Warbler.