Sesong: All year
The UNESCO world herritage Vega is an arcipelago consisting of 6500 small islands and skerries just south of the Polar Circle. More than 230 species are recorded on the islands. White-billed Diver, King Eider, Willow and Rock Ptarmigan, Black grouse, White-tailed and Golden Eagle, Arctic Skua and Eagle Owl can all be expected just to mention a few.
Vega is an archipelago off the coast of Helgeland, consisting of
the 127 squarekilometer main island and 6500 smaller islands and
skerries. Vega is reckoned as a core area in Norway
for Graylag Goose and it also support the largest colony
in Europe of Cormorant of the nominate race
carbo. Eagle Owl breed as well as both White-tailed
and Golden Eagle. The archipelago is very important for moulting,
resting and wintering seaducks, and also for auks. Vega was in 2004
put on the UNESCO World Herritage List, mainly based on the
thousand-year old, now unique, practice of Common
Eider down harvesting. You still get to buy expensive
eiderdown products such as pillows from the few down harvesters
The population of Eider actually declined when the
industrial-scale eiderdown harvesting stopped. Now, only a few
hundred pairs of eiders breed, although as many as 12000 moulting
Eiders have been counted during summer the recent years, and up to
31.000 during winter. Hundreds of King Eider can winter
in Vega as well, mainly in deeper waters than Common Eider.
|King and Common Eider
Lesser Black-backed Gull of the northern race fuscus breeds
here, although its population has declined from about 500 pairs in
1977 to less than 10 pairs today. Curlew is also a very
common breeding bird all over the island, and its beautyful song
can be heard almost anywhere.
More than 230 species of birds are found on Vega.
There are several interesting birdwatching sites on the main
island, particulary for wetland species. A few
pairs Red-throated Diver and Shoveler breed regulary in
the lakes, and Black grouse, Willow Grouse and Rock
ptarmigan all breed common on the island.
Vega is also an important stopover site for migrants. Large
numbers of Barnacle Geese arrive around April 20thand
stay here until late May. Black-tailed Godwit is seen
almost every year, and Red-necked Phalarope andSpotted
Redshank are common in late July and August. The Eidemsliene
slopes are covered in deciduous woodland and coastal pine forest
where Grey-headed Woodpecker use to breed.
Vega is also good for rare birds during
migration. Rose-colared Starling, Barred Warbler, Blue-winged
Teal, Pallid harrier, Yellow-browed Warbler, Richard`s Pipit and
Red-breasted Goose are all confirming the islands potential as
a rarity spot.
Black-throated Diver (5-10), Red-throated Diver (1-12),
White-billed Diver (10-5), Great Northern Diver (10-5), Shag
(1-12), Whooper Swan (9-5), Greylag Goose (3-11), Barnacle Goose
(5/9), Velvet Scoter (9-6), Black Scoter (9-6), Goldeneye (1-12),
Long-tailed Duck (9-6), Eider (1-12), King Eider (11-4),
White-tailed Eagle (1-12), Golden Eagle (1-12), Northern Goshawk
(1-12), Gyr Falcon (10-4), Willow Grouse (1-12), Rock Ptarmigan
(1-12), Black Grouse (1-12), Golden Plover (4-10), Purple Sandpiper
(9-4), Common Snipe (5-10), Arctic Skua (5-9), Mew Gull (3-11),
Kittiwake (1-12), Arctic Tern (5-9), Great Eagle Owl (1-12),
Short-eared Owl (1-12), Grey-headed Woodpecker (1-12), Rock Pipit
(1-12), Bluethroat (5-9), Common Redstart (5-9), Ring Ouzel (5-9),
Fieldfare (4-11), Redwing (4-10), Sedge Warbler (6-8), Willow
Warbler (5-9), Common Chiffchaff (4-10), Pied Flycatcher (5-9),
Willow Tit (1-12), Brambling (1-12), Twite (1-12), Bullfinch
(1-12), Parrot Crossbill (1-12), Snow Bunting (5-11)
Winter (november - march)
Winter can be very good on Vega, and now is the best time to
find some of the most exclusive birds. King Eider and White-billed
Diver winter in good numbers, and can be seen in any shallow water
around the island - though especially on the westernmost side.
Long-tailed Duck and Velvet Scoter are common this time of year as
well. White-tailed and Golden Eagles are numberous this time of
year and can be seen anywhere. Eagle Owl sing, espacially in cold
and calm nights, from february. Grey-headed Woodpecker can be found
on any feeding site on the island. A few Gyr Falcons overwinter
every year. Jack Snipe and Water Rail can be found in small creeks
or rivers - especially in cold periods.
Spring (march - may)
Wintering birds are still there, and the first migrants such as
Greylag Goose and Oystercatcher will appear in early March. Eagles
are establishing couples and start their breeding, and they can be
heard everywhere on the island. April and May are the best months
for the grouses, and both Willow and Black Grouse can be seen in
good numbers driving around at late evenings or early mornings.
Waders and ducks will show up in the wetlands and mudflats from
mid-April. Barnacle Goose roost in huge numbers in May.
A busy time for all the seabirds. Arctic Terns, Arctic Skuas,
Gulls, Shag, Cormorant, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated
Diver, Black Guillemot, Greylag Goose and White-tailed Eagles are
all common breeders on the western part of the island. On the
Gullsvåg mountain Ring Ouzel, Snow Bunting and Rock Ptarmigan are
possible, and several Bluethroats breed - usually in the
Husvatnet-area. Curlews, lapwings, greater ringed plover, redshanks
and Common Snipes breed everywhere. Coockoo is very common in the
Saltstein/Vallsjø-area. Driving around at nights can be productive
for nocturnal singers, such as Sedge Warbler, Quail or
Autumn (september - november)
From late september the Barnacle Geese will again show up in
huge numbers. Eagles are once again gathering in small flocks, and
the first juvenile Gyr Falcons show up in mid-september. Anything
can show up this time of year, and especially the gardens on the
west side of the island can host rare birds such as Yellow-browed
or Barred Warbler, Turtle Dove or Richards Pipits. Seawatching can
be rewarding during westerly winds.
||All the holiday houses on this destination are connected to our
self-guiding system. Your host will introduse you to the GPS and
the information folder.
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