some places which you must visit and Scandinavia in late spring/ early
summer is one such place. In late May Gone Birding run a 6 day
tour to central and Eastern Finland looking for all the speciality species
to be found in this country of a 1000 lakes. With particular interest
in the owls, where Great Grey Owl, Tengmalm's Owl, Hawk
Owl and Eagle Owl will be priorities. We will also search for
Siberian Tit and Siberian Jay.
& breakfast only, lunch and main meal extra, please budget c£30-£40 per day.
Arrival in Oulu airport. Drive to Liminka. Birding on our own today. Accommodation
at Liminganlahti Visitor Centre in Liminka. Possibly have breakfast, lunch
and dinner at the Visitor Centre or go into town. Oulu area is best known
for its breeding owls, which include Eagle Owl, Ural Owl,
Great Grey Owl, Tengmalm's Owl, Short-eared Owl
and Pygmy Owl, in most years also Hawk Owl and Long-eared
Owl. The number of owls depends highly on the availability of voles
and mice, the food of the owls, but in most years most of the species
mentioned above can be seen (sometimes even all). We will spend most of
today & tomorrow in the forests of Oulu. We have a good chance of
seeing these special birds at close range. Other possible forest species
here are Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Wryneck, Lesser
Spotted, Black and Three-toed Woodpecker.
Meet our guide at Liminganlahti Visitor Centre in Liminka. Birdwatching
in the Oulu region. Early start around 08:00 for owls. We will also visit
Finland's most important wetland, Liminka Bay, which is a good place especially
for waterfowl and waders such as Curlew, Greenshank, Spotted
Redshank, Ruff, Little Ringed Plover, Caspian Tern,
Black-tailed Godwit, Shoveler and Garganey. Bittern
can be heard booming, and a few pairs of Red-backed Shrike breed.
Numerous migratory birds come to rest and hundreds of young Cranes
and Whooper Swans summer here. Here several observation towers
provide ideal vantage points, with good chance of White-tailed Eagle,
Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier or even Pallid Harrier,
which is a rare breeding species in Finland. In the Oulu area we have
good chance to see Red-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe,
Honey Buzzard, Kestrel, Corncrake, Caspian Tern,
Crested Tit, Common Rosefinch, Ortolan Bunting and
Icterine Warbler. Dinner and overnight at Liminganlahti Visitor
Centre in Liminka
Birding in the Oulu area then depart for Kuusamo. Today we drive eastwards
through the beautiful northern landscape blanketed with forests and boglands,
lakes and rivers, to Kuusamo, a small city by the Russian border. Birding
en route; in open boglands we have fair chances to see (Taiga) Bean
Goose, Cranes, Golden Eagle, Hobby, Merlin,
Peregrine, Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail and Northern Grey
Shrike. We can also visit some of the old taiga forest on the way,
where we search for species like Two-barred Crossbill and Pine
Grosbeak. Evening birding in the Kuusamo area. We will look for Red-necked
Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Goosander and Little
Gulls which nest on the lakes. From the boggy areas we will search
for Broad-billed Sandpiper, Jack Snipe and Red-necked
Phalarope, which are scarce species in bogs of Kuusamo.
Accommodation in Oivangin
Birdwatching in Kuusamo region. Early morning visits to old expansive
taiga forest where we can expect to encounter a feast of eastern specialities:
Red-flanked Bluetail, Greenish Warbler, Two-barred Crossbill,
Common Crossbill, Parrot Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak,
Siberian Jay, Siberian Tit and Waxwing. Also Black
Grouse, Willow Grouse, Hazelhen, Capercaillie,
Three-toed Woodpecker and Black Woodpecker live in
these forests. Bluethroat, Rustic Bunting and Little
Buntings nest in the Kuusamo area in the boggy forests, often close
to lakes and rivers. Dipper can be also seen here on some of the
rivers. Golden Eagle and White-tailed Eagle are rare breeding
species in Kuusamo, but Osprey is more common. In good vole years
Rough-legged Buzzard and Hawk Owl can be seen in Kuusamo
area. Dinner and accommodation at Oivangin Lomakartano in Oivanki, Kuusamo.
Drive back to Oulu. Birding in Kuusamo area in the morning and on the
way back, in the Oulu area looking for species we still might be missing.
Accommodation in Liminka. Arrival late back to Oulu area to search for
possible species missed earlier.
After breakfast birding on our own then drive to Oulu airport to catch
our homeward flight.
in Liminka, 2 nights, BB + linens and towels. Accommodation Kuusamo, 2
nights, BB + linens and towels. Accommodation in Liminka, 1 night, BB
+ linens and towels.
deposit required at time of booking.
Size: Min: 6 Max: 12.
Prev. Tours Here: 1.
Not Included: Included-all ground transport, bed & breakfast
accommodation, guiding, entrance fees & tips.
b+b only so lunches and main meals NOT INCLUDED, Insurance, transport
to pickup point, drinks of a personal nature, laundry.
From: Dinnington-pick up from 1-2 locations near Sheffield to London
In a variety of well appointed and varied local lodges & hotels. Single
travellers can share a twin or single room supplement at £200.
Transport: Modern minibus and a saloon car. Room might be a little
tight, so suggest travelling as light as possible.
Andy Hirst and local guide.
The majority of the time will be spent in woodlands searching out the
speciality species such as a variety of owls.
Details for Finland Tour
& What's Not
Notice: Being a long way north it will be light for 20+ hours of the
day. Being a short tour we will make the most of our time here so there
will be several very early starts-c0330.