Scheduled tour dates
|28/04/2024 - 05/05/2024
The end of April and the beginning of May is a perfect time for birding in Estonia. It’s a period when owls (Ural Owl, Pygmy, and Tengmalm’s Owl) are calling and woodpeckers (8 species of woodpeckers in total are possible!) are drumming, and iconic forest species, such as Black Grouse, Hazel Grouse, and Western Capercaillie are spottable. Each day the weather becomes warmer and brings thousands of new birds. 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. So it’s a period when many local breeders are back from their wintering grounds and Arctic breeders are still here.
For a more specific list of birds, check Target species in the menu on the right and the Itinerary.
On the trip, we will visit Matsalu and Soomaa national parks and the best bird-watching spots in Western Estonia. Matsalu is known for its vast natural meadows, shallow coast, and deciduous forests. There, the main goal is to experience the spring migration, White-backed Woodpecker and Grey-Headed Woodpecker, Elk, and White-tailed Eagles. In North-West Estonia, we target the Capercaillie, Black Grouse, and spring migration. Soomaa is a national park for the protection of mires, natural rivers, and forests. All 8 species of woodpeckers can be found there, also owls, Great Snipe and Citrine Wagtail can be found in this part of the land.
For a longer list of species that we hope to see, read the Trip Info.
What can you see?
- Black Grouse, Hazel Grouse, Capercaillie
- Ural, Pygmy, and Tengmalm's Owl
- White-backed, Three-toed, Grey-headed, Middle-spotted, and Black Woodpecker
- Migrating Ruffs displaying on the meadows
- Long-tailed Ducks, scoter, divers
- White-tailed Eagle, Lesser-spotted Eagle, possibly Greater-Spotted Eagle
- Great Snipe
- Huge flocks of Bean, White-fronted and Barnacle Geese
- Elk & Beaver