Estonia has about 10 000 Elk, 1000 Brown Bears, 200 Wolves, 500 Lynxes, and a great number of Roe Deer, Red Foxes, and Raccoon Dogs. It is also one of the last countries in Europe where it is possible to see Siberian Flying Squirrels. Besides being the best place in Northern Europe for spotting different mammals, Estonia is also the best country in the region for birdwatching. This self-guided tour will lead you to Alutaguse NP where you’ll get close-up views from a Brown Bear hide; to world famous Matsalu NP on the western coast and taiga forests area Lahemaa NP. The best times for mammal and bird watching in Estonia are in spring (May-June) and in autumn (September-October).
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Our self-guided tour (SGT), using a smart device, is designed for active, adventurous people who appreciate independence and flexibility. SGTs offer the opportunity to visit the same nature areas as on our guided trips. With SGT, you will be your own guide and you can decide where and how much time to spend enjoying nature. With SGT, you don’t have to do the research for the best birding areas in Estonia – you can choose from our described destinations and plan your own itinerary. All locations are carefully chosen and are visited annually by our guides to ensure you will have updated information.
At the beginning of May- Brown Bears are waking up and looking for food; migrating birds are coming from the south; Raccoon Dog, Red Fox, Roe Deer; Elks and Beavers are quite easy to see. Hazel Grouse and Capercaillies on the forest roads and Black Grouse lek. Ural, Pygmy, Tengmalm’s Owls and White-backed, Three-Three-toed, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers are still active.
End of May-first part of June: mating time for Brown Bears; Elk cows with calves in the meadows; Raccoon Dog, Red Fox, Roe Deer; late arrivals – Common Rosefinch, Blyth´s reed Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Orioles. Flora: early orchids: Lady´s Slipper, Military Orchid.
Middle of September: migrating Cranes, Brown Bears foraging hungrily before winter hibernation; Raccoon Dog, Red Fox, Roe Deer; Elk rut time is on; migration of waders and passerines; activity starts for woodpeckers, owls and grouses. Weather is mostly quite warm.
End of September – mid-October: Brown Bears gorging themselves in preparation for hibernation; woodpeckers, owls and grouses are active; massive arctic bird migration. Nice time for autumn colors.