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Visible Autumn Migration

2 October to 9 October 2017

Principal Leader: Kaarel Vohandu

Maximum of 12 clients (two leaders with more than six clients).

2017 Cost: £1,999 single room supplement £100

Ornitholidays has already visited Estonia over ten times to see its beautiful countryside and rich wildlife. Over 10 per cent of the country is protected in an effort to preserve its flora and fauna and so many areas remain wild and unspoilt. We now have a tour in the autumn to witness one of the planet’s great spectacles – that is the visible migration of literally hundreds of thousands of birds as they move from their northern arctic breeding areas to their winter quarters, via strategic land masses in Estonia. October can produce staggering counts in Estonia – 1.7 million Common Chaffinches, 102,000 Bramblings, 75,000 Long-tailed Ducks, 44,000 Eurasian Siskins, 13,000 Common Cranes, 960 Eurasian Sparrowhawks, 132 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers and 88 Rough-legged Buzzards – these are numbers tallied on just single days in the autumn! Our itinerary explores the western coastal headlands, where these large numbers of migrants pass, and we hope to be able to witness some of these extraordinary movements.

It will not only be the visible migration that we hope to see as we shall look for some of the other exciting species to be found here at this time of year which may include White-tailed Eagle, Hazel Grouse, Grey-headed, Black and White-backed Woodpeckers, Tengmalm’s and Eurasian Pygmy Owls, Great Grey Shrike, Bohemian Waxwing and possibly Yellow-browed Warbler. There is also the possibility we may see an influx of species such as Spotted Nutcracker or Common Crossbill. Of course there will be mammals too, which may include Elk, Raccoon Dog, Wild Boar and Red and Roe Deer.

Throughout the tour we have Kaarel Vohandu leading us, one of Estonia’s foremost birders.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Fly to Tallinn and transfer
to Parnu
Day 2 Parnu
Days 3-4 Kuressaare
Days 5-7 Matsalu Bay
Day 8 Depart Tallinn