-Today we observed 25 species at Bingsholmsråsa in Åfjord, says Mari and Stig Gaarden (photo above, 11.10.14). -We have seen the dunlin, plovers and the redshanks. A sparrow hawk struck a flock of ring doves.

Many people come here to watch the majestetic eagles. They can be observed at the islands of Hitra and Frøya and also at the coastal regions of Fosen. It is not uncommon to see 5-10 eagles on a trip. Rogers Adventurous World at Frøya take you out in a boat to watch the eagles.

Titran

The majestic gannet is regularly observed at Titran, Frøya on  days with onshore wind. Photo: Arvid Bredesen

The majestic gannet is regularly observed at Titran, Frøya on days with onshore wind. Photo: Arvid Bredesen

Titran, at the island Frøya, can be a good starting point in September-October to observe many species. Then the ornithologists put rings on some of the birds to get more knowledge about their migration, how old they are, the composition of the species at the locality, etc. There are many species here in the fall. A total of 230 different bird species have been observed here throughout the ages.

Common species are sea gannets and kittiwakes, but rare species also occur like birds from Siberia. Birds stop to feed or they pass over.

According to Magne Myklebust (information consultant at the Norwegian Ornithological Society) there can be large fluctuations in observations from year to year, while for stationary species there are fairly similar numbers from year to year.

Birds at Titran ornithological station at the island of Frøya - here the redwing. Photo: Arvid Bredesen

Birds at Titran ornithological station at the island of Frøya – here the redwing. Photo: Arvid Bredesen

-If you are lucky you can observe dwarf flycatcher and sparrows at Titran, says Oskar Fredagsvik in the Hitra-Frøya local branch of the Norwegian Ornithological Society.

Froan

Froan at the island of Frøya is an exciting area for bird watching. Sørburøya, Sauøya, Gjæsingen and Halten are also good locations.

Hitra

On the shoreline between Sandstad and Hestvika at the island of Hitra you may see waders both spring and fall, for example dunlin and various species of geese.

If you are looking for seabirds, the areas between Hitra and Fjellværøya be applicable.

Dunlin nests at Havmyran, Hitra and can be observed resting during migration. Photo: Arvid Bredesen

Dunlin nests at Havmyran, Hitra and can be observed resting during migration. Photo: Arvid Bredesen

Havmyran is a Ramsar site in the middle of Hitra where there are many small lakes, ponds and reservoirs that are crystal clear. Waders dominates with the whimbrel as a characteristic species. There are also dunlin, redshank, plover and sandpiper in the reserve.

Fosen

Ørland Våtmarkssenter provides information on good locations for birdwatching in the Ørland-Bjugn region including Grandefjæra, Hovsfjæra, Rusasetvatnet and Kråkvågsvaet.

In Åfjord there are birdwatching sites like Bingsholmsråsa at Tårnes. During the autumn and spring migration you may find many species here. Furthermore Svenningneset at the island of Stokkøya, the island of Linesøya, Harbak and Momyra are all exiting places for birdwatching. You may also see eagles at all these places. Meadow pipits, dunlin, golden plover and gray plover may occur.

All municipalities in Fosen with Osen, Roan, Åfjord, Bjugn, Rissa and Ørland have their specific locations for bird watching. See the Fosen local branch of the Norwegian Ornithological Society for a list of good sites in these municipalities.

Birdwatching observation towers

Birdwatching observation tower at Eidsvatnet in Bjugn
Located in the north end of the lake and provides a good spot.

Birdwatching observation tower at Grandfjæra Ørlandet
A solid and multi-functional building with good access to the protected area.

Hovsfjæra and Fitjan Amphitheatre on Ørlandet
This is the latest when it comes to birdwatching observation towers in Fosen.

Grønningsbukta in Rissa
At Grønningsbukta in Stadsbygda, Rissa. Located at the outside of the reserve with a good view over the entire protected area.