Steller’s Eider weekend- scheduled, 4 days – (18-21.03.2021)

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 the 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 Elk.

Feel free to ask any questions and book your holiday- please contact us through: or

by phone: +372 5622 5943


Day 1: Arrival (Tallinn)

Arrival to Tallinn, drive to Saaremaa. Short stops for birdwatching on the way. While going with the ferry to Saaremaa island, it’s possible to spot water birds and Ringed Seals on drift ice. In the evening, we look for Pygmy Owl in the forests near the accommodation. 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 birdwatching spots gives you the opportunity to spot beside 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 and spend the evening agin looking for owls. 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, which 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 meadows, which are close to huge bog areas in NW Estonia, it is possible to observe Black Grouse leks. On early spring mornings, you can even see tens of male Black Grouses lekking. On the way to the 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 us through: or

by phone: +372 5622 5943

Feel free to ask any questions and book your holiday- please contact us through: or

by phone: +372 5622 5943

Price for Steller’s Eider weekend group tour, 4 days is 630 euros per person. Single supplement 60 euros. Group size 4-15 persons.

If you prefer traveling 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.

Scheduled tour dates: 

  • 18th-21st of March 2021

Feel free to ask any questions and book your holiday- please contact us through: or

by phone: +372 5622 5943


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