Borrevannet - Local Patch Birding

 

This gallery contains a selection of bird and other nature images taken at my local birding patch Borrevannet near Horten in Vestfold, Norway. Not all the images in this gallery may be of the highest quality but are included to show some of the species diversity that may be found here. Norwegian species names are also included with the images to help as a local language identification key. 

 

The lake which is situated close to the Oslofjord, attracts many migrant water-birds during spring and autumn and provides an important ‘stopover’ feeding station as well as nutrition for local breeding species, which includes a large population of Great Crested Grebes. There is an ever-increasing reed-bed at the southern end of the lake with breeding Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings and more recently Marsh Harriers, but also Bearded Reedlings are occasionally found here during autumn. The adjacent surrounding areas comprising of farmland, woodland and a golf course is an important area for both breeding and migrant birds as well as an important breeding area for many insect species. The southern end also contains a breeding population of Marsh Warblers and is well known for large numbers of passerine migrants and rare vagrants. There is an observation tower here which is a good place to observe the water-birds and also watch migrating raptors. During winter the lake is frozen and almost devoid of birdlife but it is then used by skiers and skaters until the arrival of spring which is probably the most  exciting time here for local birders.

Until 2019 an autumn bird ringing (banding) project close to the observasjon tower had been active for many years and occasionally scarce species, or even new species for Borrevannet have been caught and ringed here, including Barred Warbler and Yellow-browed Warbler. 

In 2020, the southernmost fields outside the lakes perimeter, a new permanent flooded area forming a small lake was unintentionally created and this has been particularly valuable in attracting breeding wildfowl and for  numerous migrating wading birds, which use it as a refueling station.  

 

Borrevannet is continuously under threat by non-ornithological interests but hopefully this small selection of bird and other images will draw attention to the ornithological importance of this wonderful lake and surrounding area.     

 

 

Common Ringed Plover / Sandlo

Common Ringed Plover / Sandlo

(Charadrius hiaticula) first year - Borrevannet, Vestfold 25th August 2021

Little Ringed Plover / Dverglo

Little Ringed Plover / Dverglo

(Charadrius dubius curonicus) male - Borrevannet, Vestfold 26th May 2010

Black-tailed Godwit / Svarthalespove

Black-tailed Godwit / Svarthalespove

(Limosa limosa islandica) first year - Borrevannet, Vestfold 8th September 2021

Black-tailed Godwit / Svarthalespove

Black-tailed Godwit / Svarthalespove

(Limosa limosa islandica) first year - Borrevannet, Vestfold 8th September 2021

Ruff / Brushane

Ruff / Brushane

(Calidris pugnax) first year male - Borrevannet, Vestfold 25th August 2021

Ruff / Brushane

Ruff / Brushane

(Calidris pugnax) first year male - Borrevannet, Vestfold 25th August 2021

Temminck's Stint / Temmincksnipe

Temminck's Stint / Temmincksnipe

(Calidris temminckii) - Borrevannet, Vestfold 10th May 2014

Temminck's Stint / Temmincksnipe

Temminck's Stint / Temmincksnipe

(Calidris temminckii) first year - Borrevannet, Vestfold 24th August 2021

Dunlin / Myrsnipe

Dunlin / Myrsnipe

(Calidris alpina) first year - Borrevannet, Vestfold 25th August 2021

Dunlin / Myrsnipe

Dunlin / Myrsnipe

(Calidris alpina) first year - Borrevannet, Vestfold 25th August 2021

Little Stint / Dvergsnipe

Little Stint / Dvergsnipe

(Calidris minuta) first year - Borrevannet, Vestfold 25th August 2021

Little Stint / Dvergsnipe

Little Stint / Dvergsnipe

(Calidris minuta) first year - Borrevannet, Vestfold 28th August 2021

Spotted Redshank / Sotsnipe

Spotted Redshank / Sotsnipe

(Tringa erythropus) first year - Borrevannet, Vestfold 24th August 2021

Wood Sandpiper / Grønnstilk

Wood Sandpiper / Grønnstilk

(Tringa glareola) first year - Borrevannet, Vestfold 23rd August 2021

Eurasian Marsh-Harrier / Sivhauk

Eurasian Marsh-Harrier / Sivhauk

(Circus aeruginosus) - adult male, Borrevannet, Vestfold 5th May 2017

Ural Owl / Slagugle

Ural Owl / Slagugle

(Strix uralensis liturata) - Borrevannet, Vestfold 9th October 2012

Ural Owl / Slagugle

Ural Owl / Slagugle

(Strix uralensis liturata) - Borrevannet, Vestfold 9th October 2012

Great Grey Owl / Lappugle

Great Grey Owl / Lappugle

(Strix nebulosa lapponica) - Haukli (close to Borrevannet), Vestfold 20th March 2012

Eurasian Wryneck / Vendehals

Eurasian Wryneck / Vendehals

(Jynx torquilla torquilla) - Borrevannet, Vestfold 19th June 2015

Eurasian Skylark / Sanglerke

Eurasian Skylark / Sanglerke

(Alauda arvensis arvensis) - Borrevannet, Vestfold 31st May 2015

Marsh Warbler / Myrsanger

Marsh Warbler / Myrsanger

(Acrocephalus palustris) male - Borrevannet, Vestfold 4th June 2015

Greater Whitethroat / Tornsanger

Greater Whitethroat / Tornsanger

(Sylvia communis communis) pullus/newly fledged - Borrevannet, Vestfold 13th July 2015

Eurasian Wren / Gjerdesmett

Eurasian Wren / Gjerdesmett

(Troglodytes troglodytes troglodytes) - Borrevannet, Vestfold 28th September 2015

White-throated Dipper / Fossekall

White-throated Dipper / Fossekall

(Cinclus cinclus cinclus) - Borrevannet (Falkensten), Vestfold 3rd November 2017

Spotted Flycatcher / Gråfluesnapper

Spotted Flycatcher / Gråfluesnapper

(Muscicapa striata striata) - Borrevannet, Vestfold 14th July 2015

Thrush Nightingale / Nattergal

Thrush Nightingale / Nattergal

(Luscinia luscinia) male - Borrevannet, Vestfold 14th May 2014

Thrush Nightingale / Nattergal

Thrush Nightingale / Nattergal

(Luscinia luscinia) male - Borrevannet, Vestfold 14th May 2014

Red-throated Pipit / Lappiplerke

Red-throated Pipit / Lappiplerke

(Anthus cervinus) - Borrevannet, Vestfold 16th May 2010

Blue Underwing / Blått ordensbånd

Blue Underwing / Blått ordensbånd

(Catocala fraxini) - Borrevannet, Vestfold, 28th August 2021

Migrant Hawker / Septemberlibelle

Migrant Hawker / Septemberlibelle

(Aeshna mixta) male - Borrevannet, Vestfold 28th September 2015

Ruby Whiteface

Ruby Whiteface

Østtorvlibelle "Northern White-faced Darter" (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) male - Borrevannet, Horten, Vestfold Norway 12th June 2020

Yellow-spotted Whiteface

Yellow-spotted Whiteface

Gulflekktorvlibelle "Large White-faced Darter" (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) male - Borrevannet, Horten, Vestfold Norway 12th June 2020

Ruddy Darter / Blodhøstlibelle

Ruddy Darter / Blodhøstlibelle

(Sympetrum sanguineum) male - Borrevannet, Vestfold 28th July 2016

Yellow-winged Darter

Yellow-winged Darter

Gulvingehøstlibelle (Sympetrum flaveolum) pair - Borrevannet, Horten, Vestfold, Norway 14th August 2019