Steller’s Eider weekend- scheduled tour, 4 days

self guided short break Steller's Eiders

 

About 2000 Steller´s Eiders winter in West-Estonian coastal waters. In Early spring they come closer to shore and are easier to see. At the same time woodpeckers, owls and grouses are getting active. Capercaillie, Black Grouse and Hazel Hen are lekking. Owls start to hoot to declare their territories. Woodpeckers are drumming. The best time for sighting all this natural life is at the end of March and first part of April.

What can you see?

  • Steller’s Eiders and lots of other seaducks
  • White-backed, Three-toed, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers
  • Ural, Pygmy and Tengmalm’s Owls
  • Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse and lekking Black Grouse
  • White-tailed Eagles

The Estonian spring always offers some unpredictable (and usually pleasant) surprises. It’s not just birds, either! Estonia has healthy populations of Beaver, Brown Bear, Raccoon Dog, Otter and Elks.

Feel free to ask any questions and book your holiday- please contact Triin: info@natourest.ee or

by phone: +372 55 55 87 55

 

Day 1: Arrival (Tallinn)

Arrival to Tallinn, drive to Saaremaa. Overnight in Saaremaa

Day 2: Steller’s Eiders in Saaremaa

Steller’s Eider and other waterfowl – Undva promontory and Uudepanga bay. Driving around Saaremaa island NW coast and it’s best bird watching spots gives you opportunity to spot besides Steller’s Eiders thousands of Long-tailed Ducks, other overwintering waterfowls and some White-tailed Eagles. In the evening drive back to Estonia’s mainland. Overnight in mainland NW of Estonia.

Day 3: Owls and woodpeckers

Black Grouse, Woodpeckers and Owls in NW- Estonia. In the morning visit Leidissoo woods for different species of woodpeckers and forest birds. Here we can spot Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Nutcracker, Great Grey Shrike, Parrot Crossbill, Crested Tit and from mammals- Elks. During the day we visit Põõsaspea peninsula, what is one of the best spots in Estonia to observe arctic waterfowl migration. In addition we can spot here Snow Bunting, Waxwing, Common Redpoll and Twite. In the evening we take a trip into nearby forests to  Ural, Pygmy and Tengmalm’s Owls habitats. Night in NW-Estonia

Day 4: Western Capercaillies and Black Grouse

On NW Estonia meadows that are close to huge bog areas you can observe Black Grouse leks. On early spring mornings you can even see tens of male Black Grouses lekking. On the way to lekking areas we look for capercaillies on forest roads.

Drive back and departure

Feel free to ask any questions and book your holiday- please contact Triin: info@natourest.ee or

by phone: +372 55 55 87 55

Feel free to ask any questions and book your holiday- please contact Triin: info@natourest.ee or

by phone: +372 55 55 87 55

Price for Steller’s Eider weekend group tour, 4 days is 550 euros per person. Single supplement 60 euros.

If you prefer travelling on your own see also Self-guided Steller’s Eiders weekend short break, 4 days

Price includes:

  • bird guide services for 4 days,
  • 3 nights in local hotels and guesthouses ( twin room with toilet and shower),
  • local transport,
  • breakfast, lunch, dinner for 4 days,
  • ferry tickets to Saaremaa.

Scedule tour dates: 

  • 15-18 th of March 2018
  • 29 th of March – 1 st of April

 

Feel free to ask any questions and book your holiday- please contact Triin: info@natourest.ee or

by phone: +372 55 55 87 55