Nocturnal Birds in Norway

For many, when they hear a nocturnal bird for the first time, it is almost a revelation to them. You will be quite surprised over the number over birds that prefer singing in the dark. And you will be very fascinated by the many strange sounds and the amazing variety of songs, creating a special atmosphere through the night.

What Are Nocturnal Birds?
These are mainly migrating birds that stay in Norway just a couple of months during the summer, and they sing almost exclusively when it is dark. The exceptions are Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers, which also sing at daytime.

Where Can You Find Nocturnal Birds?
Our best suggestion is to try birding for nocturnally singing birds by night. Most birdwatchers treat themselves with a few waking nights during the early summer to share in this activity. The recommended time for birding by night is from mid-May through June, preferably from 23:00 to 06:00.

Which Species Can You Hear in the Middle Of The Night?
Singing in the night, you can hear species like Thrush Nightingale, Marsh Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Quail, Corn Crake, Spotted Crake, Water Rail (not a migrating species), Eurasian Nightjar, and Long-eared Owl. If you are even more fortunate, you can hear River Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Common Grasshopper Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, or Great Bittern.

Some of the Common Nocturnal Birds in Norway

How Can the Nocturnal Birds Be Identified When They Are Not Seen?
The answer is simple, you have to learn the sounds, for example through a birding app. You could also head out together with local birdwatchers, who can teach you the different sounds.

Where Are the Best Places to Find Nocturnal Birds?
The best terrains are wetlands and culture landscapes. Bushes and trees near quiet rivers and canals are nice places for nocturnally singing warblers. They also like rush and common reed forest. Ditch edges by fields may also be good, especially if they are located near small waters or canals. To find the Eurasian Nightjar, you have to go to places with dry pine forests, preferably small hill crests. When it comes to seeing the nocturnal birds, don’t get your hopes up too high. Not just because of the lack of light but also because they are well hidden in the bushes. However, experiencing the sound will outweigh any lack of visual sight.

Nocturnally birds are easier to find in Eastern Norway.

Some of the Rare Nocturnal Birds in Norway

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