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Central Norway in spring

Day 1: Departure from Trondheim in the morning. The day will be spent birding the shallow waters and wetlands in the Trondheimsfjorden area including localities such as Tautra and Hammervatnet. The species list should include Red-throated, Black-throated and possibly Yellow-billed Divers, Slavonian- and Red-necked Grebes, most common species of dabbling and diving ducks including great numbers of Common Eider, Black and Velvet Scoters and Long-tailed ducks. The season is also perfect for experiencing the migration of Pink-footed Goose heading for Spitsbergen. Some 20.000+ bird stage in the Trondheimsfjord area at this time, and the flocks usually contain a few individuals of White-fronted, Barnacle, and Bean Geese, and sometimes even more rare species. Several species of waders as well as many songbird species will of course also be encountered. In fact most of the early migrating species of the region are possible during this trip since it is prime migration time. Night in Trondheim.

Pink-footed Geese Anser brachyrhynchus resting in Nord-Trøndelag county may 2003. Some 20.000+ bird stage in the Trondheimsfjord area during spring, and the flocks usually contain a few individuals of White-fronted, Barnacle, and Bean Geese, and sometimes even more rare species. Photo (c) Kjetil Aa. Solbakken

Day 2: The day will be spent birding in boreal forests in the Trondheim area. These forests are home to many attractive woodland species such as Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Black and Three-toed Woodpeckers, Siberian Jay and Spotted Nutcracker of which several can be expected. Several owl species such as Pygmy and Tengmalm´s Owls are also present and can pursued depending on motivation and weather conditions. Many species of common songbirds will also be encountered. In the afternoon we'll drive to Kyrksæterøra with the possibility for a stop to look for Common Crane and other species on the way. Night in Kyrksæterøra.

Day 3: The day will be spent birding in coastal pine- and deciduous forests in southwest Trøndelag. Several woodpecker species like Grey-headed-, Green-, White-backed-, Great Spotted- and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers should be encountered. Other interesting species likely to be seen are Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard, Black Grouse, Capercaillie and Parrot Crossbill.

Day 4: We will have a second try on the more difficult woodland species on different localities in the region. Return to Trondheim in the afternoon with the possibility for stops on the way.

Starts: Any time from mid April to the first two weeks of May. The trip can be arranged at any time during the year, but for the best possible outcome of woodland species April-May is strongly recommended. Short itinerary: This four-day trip in Central Norway is designed to maximize the chance of finding the more difficult species of the boreal forests of Central Norway as well as some marine and wetland birds. This time of the year is optimal to see the woodland species. Prize: Depends on group size. Please e-mail or call for an offer. Group size: 2-8 Birding transport: Car/Minibus Accommodation: Medium hotel standard, all rooms with shower/WC Food: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner not included in the price. Leader: Kjetil Aadne Solbakken

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