Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1399.00

Deposit:

300.00

Single Room Supplement:

250.00

Tour Code:

Intermediate, though most early morning excursions are optional.

Group Size:

Eight plus leader

Velvet Scoter

Falsterbo - Heading South

Date: TOUR NOT CURRENTLY OPERATING
Leaders: Steve Cale

Itinerary

 

DAY ONE
Fly London/Copenhagen and once we have collected our mini bus, we will make the short transfer across the sixteen kilometre long Øresund Bridge and into Sweden. We will bird en route to our hotel and following check in, we will take our first look around the area.
All Overnights at Hotel Spelabacken
 
DAYS TWO – FIVE
The numbers of European Honey Buzzards vary from year to year, but our tour is timed to observe something near the peak migration of this species, which in a good year can number several thousand birds, making for a spectacular sight. The other dominant raptor species will be Common Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier, with lots of Eurasian Hobby and hopefully Red-footed Falcon. Golden and White-tailed Eagles are very likely to be seen, whilst other aquila eagles, could include small numbers of Lesser and Greater Spotted, Short-toed and even perhaps Booted and Eastern Imperial Eagle. Northern Goshawk is also often recorded. Up to fifty pairs of Red Kite breed in the area north east of Falsterbo, while one or two Montagu’s Harrier and Black Kites are noted most years. White and the occasional Black Stork and Common Crane can also be seen soaring on the thermals. We will spend some time searching the inland forests for Black, Green and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers and perhaps the white-faced northern race of Long-tailed Tit. In the Falsterbo area, we hope to encounter a Red-necked Phalarope, Broad-billed Sandpiper or Kentish Plover a well as  Temminck’s and Little Stints and Curlew Sandpiper amongst the multitude of commoner shorebirds that are present here and large flocks of Northern Lapwing mixed with European Golden Plover and Ruff can be found on ploughed fields. A visit to Krankesjön should produce typical wetland species such as Osprey, Water Rail, Bearded Tit, Black Tern and possibly Spotted Crake. At Sandhammeren, on the south east coast, the first divers and wildfowl of the autumn should also be passing. Species likely to be encountered include Common Eider, Garganey, Common Goldeneye, Common Scoter, Eurasian Wigeon and possibly an early Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck or Barnacle and Brent Goose. Sea watching could also produce Arctic and possibly Long-tailed Skua, Little Gull and Red-throated Diver, while the occasional Caspian Tern may still turn up although the majority pass through a little earlier in the autumn. Passerines we hope to see include Wood Lark, Eurasian Wryneck, Icterine and Wood Warblers, Ortolan Bunting, Redwing and Fieldfare, Blue-headed Wagtail, Eurasian Serin, Common Crossbill, Red-backed Shrike, Pied, Spotted and Red-breasted Flycatchers, and Common Redstarts, while Whinchat and Northern Wheatear are recorded in good numbers most years. Eurasian Golden Oriole are sometimes noted, whilst scarcer species could include Penduline Tit, Thrush Nightingale, Marsh and Barred Warbler, Bluethroat, Tawny and Red-throated Pipits and the odd fly over Lapland Bunting. If luck is with us, it will be a Spotted Nutcracker year and f this is the case, spectacular numbers of this enigmatic species could be present. We will also visit the narrow valley at Fyledalen, where we should enjoy good views of Hawfinch, the Scandinavian race of Common Nuthatch, as well as soaring Golden Eagles. Of course, there is always the chance of something unusual turning up and in recent years rare species during this period have included Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Rose-coloured Starling, Parrot and Two-barred Crossbills, Citrine Wagtail, Aquatic and Savi’s Warblers and Alpine Swift, to name just a few. Mammals that may be encountered include Moose, Red, Roe and Fallow Deer, Common and Atlantic Grey Seals, Red Fox, Brown Hare and Red Squirrel.
 
DAY SIX
As our flight doesn’t leave until the early evening, we have the whole day to revisit any of our particular favourite places or to catch up with any new arrivals before making our way back to Copenhagen for the flight back to London. The tour will conclude upon arrival

 

Additional Information

 

WHATS INCLUDED
Return flights London/Copenhagen, five nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities on dinner, bed and breakfast basis from lunch on day one to lunch on day eight, airport breakfast on day one, services of leader, reserve entrance fees, all ground transport in Denmark and Sweden, bridge tolls and airport transfers.
 
NOT INCLUDED
Travel to London airport and any overnight stay that might be involved, travel insurance, dinner on day eight, drinks and any items of a purely personal nature.
 
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH
Visas are not required by UK nationals. Passports must have 6 months validity beyond the return travel date. Standard health and innoculation requirements apply for UK nationals, visit www.masta-travel-health.com to check these and if necessary, download a free health brief to take to a travel appointment at your local medical practice. 

 

Tour Reports

 

2011    2015

 

Testimonials

 

" We really enjoyed the tour. The guide and the accommodation were excellent "  D & A E Lincolnshire

 

" Very enjoyable -  a great trip" D H London

 

" Fantastic birding and I intend going again in the next couple of years" D L Nottingham

 

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