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Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Intensive with long hours in the field

Group Size:

Four plus leader

Black Woodpecker Black-throated Diver Merlin Crested Tit

Lithuania - Visible Migration Spectacular

Date: 15th - 22nd September 2018
Leaders: David Pearce




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If you enjoy visible migration, you’ll love this fantastic new tour that offers some of the best vis mig opportunities in Europe!! Western Lithuania is very well located to receive large numbers of migrants departing Scandinavia and Russia, as well as the other Baltic States further north. The Curonian Spit is a narrow strip of land that runs down to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad in the south, and which is bordered by the Baltic Sea in the west and the Curonian Lagoon and the Lithuanian mainland in the east. We will spend time checking the various high vantage points for the visible migration of passerines and raptors, the coastal scrub for grounded birds and the bays for shorebirds and wildfowl. Numbers of common migrants can be phenomenal with counts of forty thousand birds in a day not entirely unexpected in the optimum conditions of any winds between north east and south east. The sheer spectacle of so many birds can quite simply take your breath away and this region also enjoys a sunny climate, so the conditions are often quite pleasant though it can be cool in the mornings. The only way to get the best from this area is to revisit the best sites, so you can expect to do optional pre and post breakfast visits to areas such as the sundial dune and coastal scrub at Nida, and the cemetery, watchpoint and gardens at Joudkrante. The second part of the tour will concentrate on the Nemunas Delta where the vast areas of farmland and river tributaries provide safe feeding grounds for wintering geese and raptors, and there will also be further opportunities to see migration in action. It is right at the start of the period when these birds are returning so numbers could be rather low compared to later in the autumn and there may be periods of inactivity if conditions are not conducive to a lot of birds passing. The terrain is pretty easy with not much walking though this trip can involve standing around for long periods, which in itself can be quite tiring and may not appeal to everyone. Your tour leader will be David Pearce and you can expect to see approximately 115 species.





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