Norwegian Arctic Birding

It goes with out saying one does not travel 225 miles north of the Arctic Circle to Tromos, Norway in late winter, before the Spring migration starts for a good birding experience. Molly and I made this trip to enjoy the gorgeous stark Norwegian coast via Hurtigruten in winter and then to chase the Northern Lights (with some cross-country skiing during the day), but what the heck … when will I next be in Tromso?! Thus, two afternoons ago I grabbed the rent-a-car and spent some time birding. Although my knowledge of where to find birds in the Arctic is extremely limited, given the snow and cold found inland and at elevations, I figured one should stay right next the the coast (i.e. the Gulf Stream). In a little over 90 minutes (my time available) I got good views of:

  • A white tailed eagle (being chased by a seagull)
  • Common Eiders (two large flocks)
  • Mallards (small flock)
  • Magpies (about ten birds)
  • A few ravens
  • Plenty of gulls (I don’t know my gulls … sorry)

Here are a some images from my Arctic birding experience …

Vistas to give you an impression of the beauty of the coast line north of Tromso, Norway. In the latter two photos you can see the flocks of Common Eiders.
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Close-ups of the Common Eider flock
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Two magpies survey the situation
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Found one Common Eider eating … some kind of shellfish for which it dives.
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