Estonia ........ 8th to 13th April 2019

Steller's Eiders, Woodpeckers & Owls

Eurasian Pygmy-Owl
This exciting new tour takes you to the most rewarding areas to watch birds in Estonia. Few places in Europe can match Estonia’s amazing birdlife at any time of year. Saaremaa Island is one of the most important wintering areas in Europe for Steller’s Eiders. This superb sea duck is present throughout winter – up to 1,000 birds are present. At the time of our visit there will also be thousands of waterfowl present, including large numbers of Long-tailed Ducks, Goldeneyes and Goosanders. There should also be divers and White-tailed Eagles present. Although Steller’s Eider is perhaps a target species, there will be many other avian gems on offer, in particular woodpeckers and owls. Our itinerary will cover a range of habitats including close scrutiny of woodland areas to seek out Ural, Pygmy & Tengmalm’s Owls, White-backed, Black, & Three-toed Woodpeckers, Hazel Grouse, Spotted Nutcracker and Great Grey Shrike. Join an Avian Adventure and experience just how good birding Estonia is!

White-backed Woodpecker
Days 1 & 2: Flight from UK to Tallinn. Then drive to Virtsu and take the ferry to Saaremaa Island. We’ll concentrate on seeing Estonia’s wintering flocks of Steller’s Eiders. There will of course be other species on offer: sea ducks, divers, Rough-legged Buzzard, Tengmalm’s & Pygmy Owls and Spotted Nutcracker.
Overnights - Saaremaa Island

Days 3: Return to the mainland and drive to Cape Poosaspea which can hold vast numbers of waterfowl. In nearby forests Black Woodpecker, Ural Owl, Hazel Grouse, Willow and Crested Tits are present.
Overnight – Roosta

Black Woodpecker
Days 4-5: After an early look for Ural Owl, Hazel & Black Grouse, We’ll travel the north-eastern region, looking for Hawk Owl en route. The Alutaguse Forests are a superb area for woodpeckers, owls and grouse. We have a chance of seeing White-backed, Three-toed, Grey-headed & Black Woodpeckers, Ural & Pygmy Owls, Capercaillie and Hazel Grouse. Overnights – Alutaguse Forest

Day 6: After a spell of birdwatching, we’ll drive to Tallinn for our flight to the UK.

Tour ref: AA1942

Tour Cost: £1,295
Deposit: £300
Single Room Supplement: £145

Leaders: Tarvo Valker & Neil Glenn

Max. Group: 12 plus 2 Leaders

Economy Class return flights (UK-Tallinn-UK), accommodation based on twin occupancy,
meals, transportation in Estonia and services of leaders.

Travel insurance, drinks and items of a personal nature.