Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1575.00

Deposit:

350.00

Single Room Supplement:

175.00

Tour Code:

Fairly Intensive with long hours in the field

Group Size:

Seven plus leader

Ortolan Bunting Lesser Spotted Eagle Corncrake Red-necked Grebes

Latvia - The Big Eight

Date: 25th May - 2nd June 2018 [SPACES]
Leaders: Karlis Millars & Oriole Birding Leader

Itinerary

 

DAY ONE
A morning flight from London Luton /Palanga in Lithuania; this is the best route into southern Latvia as it is only fifty kilometres from the border. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and drive you to the guest house near Liep?aja. The rest of the day will be spent at several stops in the very south west corner of Latvia – principally around Pape Lake which probably one of the best chances in Latvia for Short-toed Eagle. The area also holds Red-backed Shrike, Barred Warbler and Tawny Pipit. At the lake reed beds there will be several different species of warblers including Savi's Warbler and if the water levels are low then Citrine Wagtail should be present.
 
DAYS TWO & THREE
We make the most of our time here by taking early breakfasts, after which we will visit Liepaja to look for Wryneck, Crested Lark, Tawny Pipit, European Serin and other species. Late in the evening of day three, we will arrive in Sl?tere National Park and on the way will check for European Bee-eater.
 
DAYS FOUR, FIVE & SIX
After more early breakfasts, birding at Cape Kolka and surrounding areas. This is probably Latvia’s best spring birding site. At the beginning of June, birds are still migrating and we can expect to see European Honey Buzzard, Red and Black Kites, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Common Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, and passerines such as Greenish, Icterine, River, Barred, Blyth’s Reed and Marsh Warblers, Common Rosefinch, Bluethroat, Yellow and Citrine Wagtails, Hawfinch and Red-breasted Flycatcher. After breakfast on day six [or later] if the migration is still continuing, we will go back towards Riga with a stop on the Gulf of Riga for shorebirds before continuing on to the ?emeri National Park.
 
DAY SEVEN
In a relatively small area its sometimes  possible to observe all seven species of woodpecker present in Latvia including Middle Spotted, White-backed, Eurasian Three-toed, Black Woodpecker and Grey-headed Woodpecker, while Tengmalm’s and Pygmy Owls, and Hazel Grouse are also present year round. Late in the evening we will arrive at a small guesthouse near Lake Lub?ns.
 
DAYS SEVEN & EIGHT
Intensive birding around Lake Lub?ns is planned on these days and you will be able to observe such species as Black Stork, Little Bittern, Corn Crake, Little Crake, Marsh Sandpiper, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, European Nightjar, Golden Oriole, Greenish Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, Citrine Wagtail, Bluethroat and many more. Late May/early June is usually is the peak time for different warblers and marsh terns! Even the rare Booted Warbler could be singing in this area, and your guide is just the man to know where they are, having found them originally!! 
Later in the day, we will return to an airport hotel in Riga
 
DAY NINE
Early morning flight back to the UK. The tour will conclude upon arrival in London Luton Airport.
 

 

 

Additional Information

 

WHATS INCLUDED
Return flights London/Riga, eight  night’s accommodation in traditional hotels and guesthouses, meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on final day, water, tean and coffee en route, transport, services of leaders, saunas and reserve entrance fees.
 
NOT INCLUDED
Transport to/from London airport and any overnight stay that might be involved, travel insurance, drinks other than those stated 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

 

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