What should be reported to the committee?
The majority of rear birds at Svalbard and Jan Mayen are common birds on mainland Norway. As an example the Willow Warbler is on of the most common and numerous birds on the mainland.  It has only been seen once at Svalbard. Observations of species not rear and commonly recognised in mainland Norway should be documented with the 5 first observations (see the species checklist with status).

Example: To document an observation of Blue Tit (never seen before in the region) the observation must be described and documented in detail before it will be approved. Visiting birds arriving on a yearly basis like Mallard, Tufted Duck, Steller's Eider, Whimbrel, Redshank, Iceland Gull and Redwing do not need any documentation but a report of all observations.

The committee, most importantly wishes to receive all observations of birds who do not breed on a yearly basis and breeding birds found in few numbers like Great Northern Diver, Common Teal, Pintail, Black Scoter, European Golden Plower, , Red-necked Phalarope, Knot, Long-tailed Skua, Sabine's Gull, Mew Gull, Herring Gull and Northern Wheateart.

All species not listed in this table must be reported entirely. This can be done to the committee’s secretary by e-mail. Click here!


List of birds wanted to be reported

Report form from LRSK

Birds considered rare on a national level can be reported to the National Rarities committee for Birds


Fenology (spring and fall migration)
The committee would appreciate reports on a yearly basis the first and last observation of migrating birds. In addition observations of any migrating and other common birds within a certain time period.
(see this table)