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MIGRATION HOTSPOTS

 
 
An 8-day holiday focusing on the most dramatic autumn bird migration locations in Estonia.
Price: 1350 € pp.

Programme can be viewed when choosing Tour dossier from the right menu.

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Estonia has been chosen to appear among the elite of the world´s most dramatic migration locations for its amazing spring and autumn passage of birds, involving millions of wildfowl and waders flying along the coast between the Baltic Sea and breeding grounds on the Arctic tundra. In addition, there is an exceptional migration of songbirds through the country each autumn, while in winter there are large congregations of wildfowl (including Steller's Eider, now considered a Vulnerable species by BirdLife International) along its coastline. Estonia is a crucial country for birds and a visit or two should be on every birder's itinerary!

In all, 12 000+ Barnacle Geese flew over our head towards Matsalu Bay. See the video...

 
 
Period:
Fri 29th Sep - Fri 6th Oct 2017
Fri 28th Sep - Fri 5th Oct 2018
Group size:
6/7 pax
Grading:
Day walks only, for all ages
Leader:
Margus Ellermaa
Accommodation:
Comfortable hotels with private facilities
Food:
Restaurants and local farms
Extensions:
Cultural/sightseeing extensions available on request

 


Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) / Luke Massey
Pochards and Tufted ducks at Matsalu bay / Mati Kose


Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive in Tallinn, to South-East
Day 2 Mehikoorma & Järvselja
Day 3 Mehikoorma, to Pärnu
Day 4 Kabli & Soometsa forests
Day 5 Kihnu island, to Haapsalu
Day 6 Matsalu National Park
Day 7 Põõsaspea & Haapsalu
Day 8 Departure

 
Highlights

Birds: massive Arctic waterfowl migration, including thousands of Long-tailed Ducks, Velvet Scoters and Red-throated Divers; spectacular passerine migration with tens of thousands of Siskins, Chaffinches and Bramblings; possibility of massive invasion of Jays and Nutcrackers; stunning raptor migration with hundreds of Sparrowhawks in a few hours, Rough-legged Buzzard and White-tailed Eagle; also, Bewick's Swan, Common Crane, Hazel Grouse, Grey- headed and White-backed Woodpeckers, Tengmalm's and Pygmy Owls, Great Grey Shrike, Waxwing and Yellow-browed Warbler.
Mammals:
Elk, Raccoon Dog, Wild Boar and Red Deer (probably), Roe deer etc.


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