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GREAT SNIPE & WOODPECKERS

      

An 5-day fully-inclusive holiday in search for the impressive selection of woodpeckers (in all, eight species can been found in Estonia!) and a Great Snipe.

Price: 855 € pp.

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

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Few places in Europe can match the excitement of watching Estonia's amazing wildlife, at almost any time of year. Spring in Estonia begins in late March when woodpeckers start their drumming, Capercaillies become very active under the old pine forest at dusk and all the swamps and bogs resound with displaying Black Grouse at sunrise. During this birding trip, often there are mornings when 4-6 different species of woodpeckers can be found in one small woodland! Being widespread, Hazel Hen can surprise you near the roadsides while driving in forested areas. You can hear the calls of Ural, Pygmy and Tengmalm`s Owls in the forests when it gets dark,  or observe roding Woodcocks flying above you. From late April to late June, after sunset, the meadows resound with the bubbling of Great Snipes – a breeding species for which Estonia is internationally important. Up to 600 males have been estimated.

Click here to see Estonian Woodpeckers gallery...

Tour Calendar 2017...

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Period:
Mon 1st May - Fri 5th May 2017
  Mon 30th Apr - Fri 4th May 2018
Group size:
6/7 pax
Grading:
Day walks only, for all ages
Leader:
Ivar Ojaste
Accommodation:
Comfortable hotels with private facilities
Food:
Restaurants and local farms
Extensions:
Cultural/sightseeing extensions available on request




Great Snipe / A.Ader
Three-toed woodpecker / Sven Zacek


Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive in Tallinn, to North-East
Day 2 Alutaguse forests
Day 3 Alutaguse forests, to Tartu; Great Snipe
Day 4 Järvselja forest & Aardla
Day 5 Departure



Highlights:

Birds: Bittern, Black Stork, White Stork, Lesser Spotted Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Great Snipe, Ural Owl, Tengmalm´s Owl, Pygmy Owl, White-backed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Middle and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Nutcracker, Crested Tit, Penduline Tit, Citrine Wagtail, Great Grey Shrike etc.
Mammals:
Wild Boar (probably), Raccoon Dog, Red Fox, Elk, Roe deer, European Beaver (probably), tracks of Brown Bear, Wolf, & Lynx etc.
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