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2nd July 2011 At site 3, lots of long-tailed Skuas and lap Buntings plus 2 female Dotterel and only one Snow Bunting. Little of interest at site 2. (from trip report by Martin Austad on travelling

May 2014 The Gyr Falcons are nesting this year at site 1, approximately 30 metres from the previous abandoned nest. (Ekaterina Barabanova)


3rd July 2011 En route to Berlevag we checked at Gednjedalen a site for Purple Sandpiper but failed to find them. Near Berlevag we met some Spanish birders who told us of a nest of Gyrfalcon. There we saw both adults and two grown young (Martin Austad in trip report on travelling

Pasvik valley

26-29 June 2011 Usual species found including Pine Grosbeak, Parrot Crossbill, Capercaillie, Waxwing, Siberian Jay plus one Arctic Warbler, a Little Bunting near Skroytnes, Norways first breeding Red-flanked Bluetail and a Broad-billed Sandpiper at Tommamyra at a site that involved an 8 km walk for birds that are most active at 3am (from a trip report by Martin Austad on travelling

Valdak and Stabbursdal

June/July 2011 Lakes north of Valdak are good for Slav Grebe - 3 pairs on Aigiri and one on Kolvikvannet. Another pair at Stabbursdalen but little else just Whimbrel, Bluethroat, Redstart, Pied Fly and Crossbill (from trip report by Martin Austad on

Inari to Utsjoki

3rd/4th June At site 1, up to 4 Pine Grosbeak, Brambling, Siberian Tit, Mealy Redpoll  (Mark Hows)

29th July 2012 At site 1, Siberian Tit more than 5 Pine Grosbeaks Common Redpolls, Bramblings, Willow Warbler, Greenfinches, Great Tits  (Guillem Izquierdo Aranega)

September 2021 For the first time in 5 visits we had no Pine Grosbeaks at site 1 (we had about 50 here in March 2017)! There’s a really good site for Siberian Tit, at least in the second half of September - the walking trail to Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church in Inari, starting from a car park (68.9212N, 27.0578E) 2.5km east of the Siida-sami museum. We walked for about 4.5km and counted about 20 Siberian Tit. (Patrick & Antje Stromski)

Varanger fjord

2015 Very few ground-nesting birds close to the road from Hamningberg to Vardo seemingly due to an invasion of Red Foxes. If you want to see ground-nesting birds you have to walk to areas with fewer foxes eg on higher ground above the highest blue cabin at site 7 or higher up the valley inland from site 10. Look also for areas enclosed by water (streams etc) where foxes can’t reach. (Tarjei Jensen)


September 2021 We did a morning drive (starting at about 6:30) from Luosto to Suvanto and had one male Capercaillie, three females, four Black Grouse and one Hazel Grouse within 15 minutes. At site 2, page 6 we had a male Capercaillie by the road side (in the middle of the day) and two Black Grouse on the way to the bird tower car park. (Patrick & Antje Stromski)


September 2021 The entrance to the trail up Ailigas Mountain (site 2) is closed by a reindeer fence now, which you can move aside and still drive on to the car park, but we recommend to park at the road side and to walk up through the birch wood. We had some Little Buntings during our holidays, but the best observation of a Little Bunting was on this track. Also we had a couple of Redwing and up on Ailigas three Golden Plovers. (Patrick & Antje Stromski)


September 2021 Ounasvaara (the “backyard mountain” of Rovaniemi) gave us amazing views of Hazel Grouse on both our visits. Parrot Crossbills too. (Patrick & Antje Stromski)


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