Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1899.00

Deposit:

350

Single Room Supplement:

150.00

Tour Code:

Some early starts and late finishes on this tour and expect biting insects. Walking is generally easy and on flat terrain

Group Size:

Ten plus leaders

Hazel Grouse Three-toed Woodpecker Icterine Warbler Blyth's Reed Warbler Red-breasted Flycatcher Red-backed Shrike Barred Warbler

Estonia - Midsummer in the Baltic

Date: 9th - 16th June 2020 (SPACES)
Leaders: Paul Roberts and Margus Ellermaa

Introduction

 

Greenish Warbler

 

The Baltic state of Estonia offers some of the most extraordinary birding opportunities in eastern Europe. Estonia is a super country to travel around, having fantastic infrastructure and quiet roads. It plans to become the first EU member country to roll out wifi across all its public areas - indeed you can find it everywhere from cafes to petrol stations! The hotels we use are carefully chosen, small and traditional with excellent home cooked food offering a real taste of what the country has to offer. This new early summer itinerary sees us making a circuit of the best birding areas, from the taiga forests and their owls, woodpeckers, Red-breasted Flycatchers and Greenish Warblers, to the vast bogs and marshes where Great Snipe display. There are some really great birds on offer here, such as breeding Blyth's Reed and Booted Warblers on the western edge of their range, Ural Owl, and all the European woodpeckers. Hay meadows thronged with wild flowers resonate to the crekking of Corncrakes, while Citrine Wagtail is now established as a regular breeding species and exciting species such as Barred, River and Savi's Warblers reside in suitable habitat. Like much of Eastern Europe, farming practices are less intensive here and populations of breeding birds far greater than we are used to 'back home'. Many birding tours visit the region in early to mid May, to see the Arctic seaduck and diver migration. However, we have opted for a different tour which instead focusses on the breeding species, which will all be back on territory and in song. In May, many migrant species have not yet arrived (Booted Warbler for example), weather can be more temperamental and while you may witness seabird passage, it is in nay case not guaranteed! We think June is an excellent option, and for sampling the breeding birds of the Baltic, this takes some beating - woodpeckers are just fledging young from nest holes, and the place resonates to the songs of Thrush Nighitngales and Common Rosefinches. Your tour leaders will be Paul Roberts & Margus Ellermaa and you can expect around 160 species. 

 

 

 

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