Birdwatching in Utsira
Utsira is that of the island rarity hotspots where most species have been registered. The explanation lies in a combination of the strategic location and the frequent ornithological activity over a long period of time. Utsira is located about 16 kilometres into the North Sea westwards from Karmøy outside of Haugesund. The amount of interest a small island of 6.2 square kilometres can create is actually quite funny. Every year, islets, heath, grass, common reed, moors, fields, pastures, and gardens are examined thoroughly by ornithologists searching for rare birds. Additionally, Spannholmane, a small island 1.5 kilometres outside of Utsira, is subject to many great findings.
The Best Weather for Mega Rarities
Even though the island has a magnetic effect on rare birds, Utsira does not contain great numbers of birds all the time, depending very much on the season and on weather and wind conditions. Remember that when the migrating birds hit headwind and rain, that is when they need to stage. For the birdwatcher, maybe not the most pleasant weather to head out, but that is when things happen. The mega rarities will definitely show up more often in bad weather in the migration periods, especially in the autumn. Every year “Mega Rarity Week”, or “bombeuka” in Norwegian, is organized the first week of October in Utsira. The program is packed with competitions, lectures, social gatherings, and, of course, the search for rarities.