Rare fall migrants – Røst and Værøy

September – October

When the seabirds leave after ended breeding season, it is time to focus on the fall migration. The coastline is often a major migratory lead for the birds, and therefor Værøy and Røst is very strategically located at the end of the Lofoten archipelago. A speciality is eastern species that go wrong; instead of flying south or southeast, they go west or northwest. When they hit the coast, they follow the coastline, and often end up in remote islands.
Heavy winds in the Atlantic Ocean occasionally also bring migrants from North America. And when strong westerly winds hits the islands, it can be very rewarding to look for seabirds.
Røst – with its excellent shorebird habitats – also hold an impressive list of rare vaders.

Target species (rare but fairly regular): Yellow-browed Warbler, Barred Warbler, Arctic Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Common Rosefinch, Rosy Starling, Olive-backed Pipit, Citrine Wagtail, Little Bunting, Rustic Bunting, Sooty Shearwater, Red Phalarope, Gyrfalcon