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The beginning of May is a perfect time for birding in Estonia – the weather has become warmer and with each day new birds and species arrive. Some of them come to Estonia to breed, some are just stopping en route to feed and build up their energy reserves for the long trip to their arctic breeding grounds – Common- and Velvet Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Black- and Red-throated Divers. The shallow coast and wetlands offer excellent stopovers for waders, ducks, and geese. It’s also a great time to spot Black Grouse in their annual lekking grounds or meet a Western Capercaillie in old pine forests or to listen to woodpeckers claiming their territory.
During this tour, we’ve got chances of spotting 8 different species from the woodpecker family, including the Three-toed, White-backed, Black, and Grey-headed Woodpecker. The beginning of May is still a good time to spot Elk and other mammals. We will also spend a night in a Brown Bear hide, where we have excellent chances of spotting at least one of Estonia’s 900 Brown Bears and Raccoon Dogs.
What can you see?
- Huge flocks of Barnacle Geese
- Migrating Ruffs displaying on the meadows
- Long-tailed Ducks
- White-tailed Eagle, Lesser-spotted Eagle
- Black Grouse, Hazel Grouse, Capercaillie
- Elk, Brown Bear, Raccoon Dogs, Beaver
- Ural and Pygmy Owl
- White-backed, Three-toed, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers
- Savi’s Warbler, River Warbler, Common Rosefinch, and other eastern migrants