Birdwatching in Øygarden
For people in Bergen, the distance to good birding localities is very short. One example is Øygarden, a very exciting island group north-west of Bergen. Both the location and the landscape are reasons why this area perfect for birdwatching.
The islands are lined up in a row, creating a good directing line for the migrating birds. For the most part, the landscape is made up of coastal rock slopes, hillocks, heathland, coniferous forest, and some wetland. The area constantly attracts rarities. Naturally, these may be found at the traditional viewpoints but also by being attentive to movements in the grazing lands, bushes, trees, gardens, and plantations. The activity is more noticeable, of course, during migration periods, but birdlife is rich all year round. In the winter, for example, you could find ducks, grebes, Common Loons, Purple Sandpipers, Peregrine Falcons, and White-tailed Eagles in the area.
Further down on this page, you will find a short description on some of the birding localities in Øygarden.