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Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus ©Jens Eriksen Website

Birding Finland

Why come birdwatching in Finland?

As the easternmost country in Europe, Finland has many species of birds that are not easy to get to see elsewhere, e.g. Blyth's Reed Warbler, Red-flanked Bluetail, Arctic Warbler, Pine Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Bunting and Little Bunting.

The fact that Finland is located in the coniferous forest zone means that there are good chances of seeing many of the northern forest species. Of the game birds, the Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Hazel Hen, Willow Grouse and Ptarmigan are frequently to be seen, and of the woodpeckers one finds the Grey-headed, Three-toed, White-backed and Black varieties. The most interesting species of all, however, are owls, of which there can be as many as 10 species nesting in Finland in a good year, ranging from the tiny Pygmy Owl to the huge white Snowy Owl. The pine forests and mountain birch zone of Northern Finland have numerous species with a markedly northern distribution, such as the Parrot Crossbill, Lapland Bunting, Siberian Jay and Siberian Tit.

Many birds of open habitats, e.g. the Ortolan Bunting, have become rarer in other parts of Europe but are still relatively common in Finland, while the largest of our terns, the Caspian Tern, is an example of the impressive range of seabirds. The waders that nest on our bogs are also of interest, as many of them are seen in other parts of Europe only in the course of migration or in their winter plumage. These include the Broad-billed Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Jack Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Temminck's Stint and Ruff.

The sight of a Crane or a Whooper swan, the Finnish national bird, building its nest is something one can never forget. Similarly diurnal birds of prey such as the Gyrfalcon; that magnificent master of the wildernesses, the Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle and Rough-legged Buzzard of Forest Lapland abound. Finland's popularity with ornithologists is also greatly enhanced by the incomparable sights provided in late May and again in September-October by the mass migration offshore and water birds over the country on their way to and from the arctic. The best times for seeing this are the middle of May in Southern Finland and the end of May in the Oulu area, while the summer migrants and eastern rarities reach Lapland some time in the middle of June. July and August are usually somewhat quieter nesting months. There are often interesting rare eastern species such as Richard's Pipit or Yellow-browed Warbler to be seen in September or October. Autumn is also the best time for seeing eastern migrants such as the Waxwing, three species of crossbill, the Pine Grosbeak and the nutcracker on their invasion.

A virtual birdwatching tour of Finland

Unspoiled nature and the peace of the countryside. When you arrive in Finland on a birdwatching tour you will be coming to a country with an unspoiled natural environment, to enjoy the wind sighing in the forests, the light sparkling on the surfaces of the lakes and the freshness of the clean air. Finland has 69% of its area covered by forests and 10% by water (a total of 187,888 lakes). The majority of the forests are owned by ordinary private citizens, and the Right of Common Access allows everyone to benefit from nature by walking, skiing, hiking, canoeing, rowing, gathering mushrooms or berries or watching the birds in the countryside wherever they please provided they do not cause any damage to the environment or any inconvenience to the landowners. Separate permits are required for hunting and fishing.

You will also find peace and quiet in the Finnish countryside. As the country is very sparsely populated (only 17 inhabitants per square kilometre on average); it is easy to find a peaceful spot where you can hear nothing but the sounds of nature itself without any human disturbance. You can study the birds of the area entirely on your own if you so wish - by hiring a cottage in the depths of the countryside and sitting out on its porch. It is in the countryside that you will meet up with the historical roots of everything that is Finnish. The whole panorama of the peasant farming culture will be there before your eyes. You can enjoy tasty Finnish food prepared from high-quality, pure local ingredients, and will have the opportunity to experience the closeness to nature that is characteristic of the traditional Finnish way of life.

Contributor

Jouni Riihimäki

Hämeen ympäristökeskus

PL 131 (Birger Jaarlin katu 13); 13101 Hämeenlinna, puh: 03-2420 446, gsm: 0503 657 391, fax: 03-2420 556

jouni.riihimaki@vyh.fi

Teemu Lehtiniemi

Järjestösihteeri, development officer

BirdLife Suomi ry, BirdLife Finland rf, PL 1285, 00101 Helsinki Puh. (09) 685 4700, Fax (09) 685 4722

toimisto@birdlife.fi

https://www.birdlife.fi

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 476

(As at November 2018)

National Bird: Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus

Checklist

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Useful Reading

Finding Birds in South Finland

by David Gosney | Easybirder | 2010 | Paperback | 40 pages, maps |

ISBN: 9781907316258

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Finding Birds in South Finland

By Dave Gosney | Easybirder | 2014 | DVD | Runtime 95 Mins | Region 2 |

ISBN: #189124

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Organisations

Ålands Fågelskyddsförening rf

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Birdlife Kanta-Häme

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BirdLife Suomi-Finland

Website

BirdLife Finland is a bird conservation and recreation organization that promotes the preservation of biodiversity. BirdLife Finland is part of BirdLife International, the world's largest environmental NGO network.

Bongarilitto Twitchers Club

Website

Latest sightings, trip reports etc. etc… (In Finnish)

Central Finland Bird Club

Website

The aims of the Central Finland Bird Club are to connect birdwatchers, to promote bird watching, common knowledge on birds as well as the protection of birds and the environment of birds. The club collects, stores and publishes records of birds of the area. Red-throated Diver is the symbol of the club. The club is a member in BirdLife Finland. There are about 400 members in the club…

Etelä-Karjalan Lintutieteellinen Yhdistys

Website

South Karelian Bird-based Association

Etelä-Savon Lintuharrastajat Oriolus

Website

Welcome to our association, the Oriolus Association of Southern Savo Bird Watchers, on our homepage! Our association is an association of wild bird watchers.

Finnish Ornithological Society

Website

The Finnish Ornithological Society promotes scientific research of birds in Finland and publishes the scientific ornithological journal Ornis Fennica. Finnish Ornithological Society is a member of BirdLife Finland, the Finnish partner of BirdLife International. The Society was established in 1924.

Kainuun Lintutieteellinen Yhdistys

Website

The purpose of the association is to define the protection of birds and other nature, bird research, compilation of bird information as a link between the site and the interest of people interested in birds.

Kemin lintuharrastajat Xenus Ornithological Society

Website

Welcome to Kemi-Tornio's Bird Watchers on the Xenus ry's website. Xenus ry is a local association of Kemi-Tornio regional bird watchers, also a member of Birdlife Finland's association.

Keski- ja Pohjois-Uudenmaan Lintuharrastajat Apus ry

Website

Apus ry is a birdwatcher's club in Central and Northern Uusimaa an association that aims to promote bird hunting and bird conservation in its own territory, in Finland and internationally.

Keski-Pohjanmaan Lintutieteellinen Ornithological Society

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Kymenlaakson Lintutieteellinen Ornithological Society

Website

KyLY is an association of birdwatchers in Kymenlaakso. As a member, support for bird conservation, learn more about birds and get involved in diverse activities ...

Lounais-Hämeen Lintuharrastajat Ornithological Society

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By 30 June 2018 Tiira has recorded 130,314 observations from Southwest Häme. By municipality the findings are divided as follows: Forssa 27 552, Humppila 1 771, Jokioinen 29 673, Somero 12 171, Tammela 31 924, Urjala 12 186 and Ypäjä 15 037.

Merenkurkun Lintutieteellinen Ornithological Society

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The Kvarken Bird Training Association r.y. was established in 1979 as a link to birdwatchers and researchers in the area. The purpose of the association is to guide bird hunting and bird observation activities, promote bird awareness and exploration in the area, and protect birds and nature.

Päijät-Hämeen Lintutieteellinen Ornithological Society

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PHLY is the home base of the Päijät-Hämäläinen birdwatcher, a club where industry enthusiasts work together. The word association and the word scientific may sound very rigid, but basically bird watching is anything but rigid.

Pirkanmaan Lintutieteellinen Ornithological Society

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Pirkanmaan Lintutieteellinen Yhdistys (PiLY) works to promote bird conservation, research and bird hunting. PiLY has about 1,200 members, BirdLife Finland's second largest member association - join us!

Pohjois-Karjalan Lintutieteellinen Yhdistys [North Karelian Ornithological Society]

Website

North Karelian Ornithological Society was founded in 1974. The aim of the society is to promote birdwatching, research and protection of birds in the province of North Karelia. This includes systematic gathering, filing and publishing of bird observations, arranging meetings and excursions. Society, a partner of BirdLife Finland, has more than 200 members…

Pohjois-Pohjanmaan Lintutieteellinen Ornithological Society

Website

Northern Ostrobothnia Birdlife Association (PPLY) is one of the local associations of national BirdLife Finland association. The association was founded in 1973. Our goal is to promote bird protection, bird hunting and research and to act as a link to birdwatchers in Northern Ostrobothnia.

Porin Lintutieteellinen Ornithological Society

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Pori Bird Training Association. is the oldest bird tourism local association in Finland, founded in 1959. PLY is a founding member of Birdlife Finland's (formerly Birdwatchers' Association, LYU) National Organization for Bird Watching. The purpose of the association is to maintain bird hunting and promote research in the field and bird conservation.

Porvoon Seudun Lintuyhdistys ry

Website

The Porvoonseudun Lintuyhdistys ry. is the second oldest regional bird association in Finland. The foundation of the association is bird observation, protection and research support. You can find out about us using the links below the main menu to see the staff members and rules.

Södra Österbotten Ornithological Society

Website

Ostrobothnia Australis r.f. (OA) is one of Finland's oldest natural science associations founded in 1924. The association's hometown is Vaasa, but we are active throughout Ostrobothnia. Ostrobothnia Australis is Latin for "Southern Ostrobothnia".

South Karelia Ornithological Society

Website

Founded in 1969, the South Karelian Bird Training Association (EKLY) is Birdlife's local association in Finland, whose mission is to promote and maintain bird hunting and bird conservation in the province of South Karelia. The main activity of the association is the volunteering and acting of bird watchers and the collection of observation material in the EKLY area.

Suomenlinna Ornithological Society

Website

At the core of "Suomenlinna Ornithological Society" is the invention of new bird species with electronic birdsongs. The concrete sources of these birdsongs are samples taken from a museum film about the history of the island of Suomenlinna, a Finnish sea fortress witness to scenes of conflict since the 18th century.

Suupohjan Lintutieteellinen Ornithological Society

Website

Some English Text. Includes sightings, photos, local checklist, local hotspots etc.

Tringa Ornithological Society

Website

Tringa is the ornithological society for the Uusimaa province in southern Finland. With its over 2000 members, Tringa is the largest member of BirdLife Finland…

Turku Ornithological Society

Website

The Bird Watching Association The Turku Bird Training Association (= TLY), despite its name, operates throughout Southwest Finland - from Uusikaupunki to Salo, from Parainen to Loimaa.

Valkeakosken Lintuharrastajat ry

Website

BirdLife Finnish Association of Valkeakoski Birdwatchers is a bird association of Valkeakoski and its surroundings. Our focus is on the fun of bird watching and bird conservation, but we also support research. The association currently has about 180 enthusiastic bird watchers and we are a relatively small but active and growing association. Welcome to the action!

Reserves

Abbreviations Key

Finland's IBAs

Webpage

Over 100 IBAs

Finland's National Parks

Website

The c.40 national parks are extensive nature conservation areas with the crucial task of ensuring biodiversity and giving people the opportunity to relax and enjoy nature. The parks have marked hiking routes, nature trails and campfire sites. Visitors can also stay overnight in the national parks at designated camping sites or shelters and huts. More information is available on each 40 national park's website.

Finland's Protected Areas

Webpage

Almost all protected areas of Finland are situated on state-owned lands and waters. Within Metsähallitus, the Parks & Wildlife Finland unit is responsible for the management of these areas: their species, habitats and cultural heritage as well as recreational services.

IBA Kaamanen

Information

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Kaamanen near the city of Inari is particularly renowned for its variety of bird species which are difficult to spot elsewhere and is especially popular with bird photographers. Bird species include pine grosbeaks, Siberian jays, grey-headed chickadees, willow warblers, and willow grouse. There are also rare opportunities for seeing Finland’s magnificent owls such as the mouse or short-eared owls.

IBA Kokemäenjoki River Delta

Information

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The number of bird species breeding in the area is ca. 110, and the total number of bird taxa living and resting during the migration periods amounts to 220 species (i.e. nearly the whole range of the 248 bird species of the permanent Finnish bird taxa)

IBA Liminka Bay

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The largest bay on the Gulf of Bothnia with up to 200 bird species to see. As early as August, birds will start migrating south and you can spot Caspian terns, white-tailed eagles, black grouse and so many flocks of geese you will lose count.

IBA Vimpa islands on the Hamina Archipelago

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The Vimpa islands on the Hamina Archipelago are popular for fishing trips but offer excellent bird watching too. Millions of arctic birds pass over the islands during the migration periods, including white-tailed eagles, which can be seen from the bird watching towers.

NC Harakka

Webpage

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The Harakka Nature Centre offers visitors encounters with nature, activities, and information on the Baltic Sea, maritime nature and sustainable living. The Nature Centre operates in historical surroundings on the magnificent Harakka (“magpie”) Island featuring extraordinarily rich flora and bird species. Only a short distance from the Kaivopuisto Park, Harakka takes visitors to delicate archipelago nature that overlooks open sea.

North Karelia Nature Reserves and National Parks

Website

It has been estimated that 52,250 hectares (3.4%) of the forest land in North Karelia are protected by law. This area includes the national and nature parks, the conservation areas of groves, old forests and swamps and the private nature reserves…

NP Nuuksio

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The park spreads over an area of forests and lakes in Espoo, Kirkkonummi and Vihti. North-west from Helsinki, it is the second-closest national park to the capital behind the recently established Sipoonkorpi National Park. The name is derived from the Nuuksio district of Espoo. Within the park there are eight marked trails for hiking. These trails vary in length and difficulty, being between 1.5 km and 17 km long. In addition, there are 30 km of biking trails and 22 km of horse riding trails. Designated spots for grilling, camping and skiing are scattered across the park. The Siberian Flying Squirrel (Pteromys volans) is the emblem of the national park due to its high density population density there. Dozens of endangered or near threatened species animals, plants and fungi are known to inhabit the area, for instance the Siberian flying squirrel, the European nightjar and the woodlark.

NP Torronsuo

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Finland’s finest bog and the largest raised bog in Europe provides a highly different bird watching opportunity. The duckboards laid out over the area and the bird watching towers giving views across the entire bog allow visitors to see cranes and geese which stop by during migration. Torronsuo is valuable for its birdlife and butterfly species. Roughly a hundred species nest in the area. Part of the birds and insects are species that typically live in the northern areas, and they aren't seen much elsewhere in southern Finland.

NR Laajalahti

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Laajalahti is one of the best bird wetlands within the Helsinki-Espoo-Vantaa metropolis. It is a fantastic place to observe birds both during migration and at other times. The nature reserve's trails and bird watching towers offer the perfect services for a day trip. For the most part Laajalahti Nature Reserve consists of open water. There are also a broad reedbed and shoreline groves and meadows. It is an important area for the plentiful nesting population in the region and for the thousands of birds which stop there during spring and autumn migration in April-May and August-September. The aim of the nature reserve is to conserve the shallow sea water bay and its surrounding area and for the area to possibly be used for outdoor recreation.

Siipyy Observation Tower

Website

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The Siipyy tower (photo) is the only Finnish observation tower located on the open sea. Observations are made from nearly 17 metres above the sea, and thus visibility is excellent - tens of kilometres. In addition, the nearby trees are shorter, which makes it possible to see in all directions…

Wetlands

Webpage

Finland currently has 49 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 799,518 hectares.

Forums & Mailing Lists

Osprey Nest Forum

Forum

Not just Ospreys, but also other raptors too - Eagles, Falcons, Kestrels, Owls etc.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Ecotours

Tour Operator

Oulu is a famous area for breeding owls and we will find other forest species. We then visit Finland’s most important wetland, the Bay of Liminka, where lots of shorebirds will be seen and perhaps find some exciting migrants, before continuing to the expansive taiga forests in Kuusamo and the pristine Oulanka National Park.

Finnature

Tour Operator

Finnature offers travel arrangements and itinerary services for groups in Finland, Norway and Estonia, Highly trained English speaking birding guides, Brown Bear watching and photography opportunities, Wildlife and landscape photography tours and Wildlife photos and lectures…

Rockjumper Birding Tours

Tour Operator

We offer a short birding tour of Finland to the forests and coastal area of the Oulu region, with the highlights being the numerous owls to be found in the area. Other targets include Smew, Black Grouse, Western Capercaillie, Red-flanked Bluetail, Siberian Jay, Grey-headed Chickadee, Bohemian Waxwing, Pine Grosbeak and Two-barred Crossbill.

Skaftung Nature

Tour Operator

Unforgettable experiences in northern archipelago, wetlands and boreal forests. See how thousands of birds arrive to north, experience the intensive life of short breeding season and hear the talented singers of light summer nights. Meet visitors from large eastern forest and masses of migration birds in autumn…

Wild Finland

Tour Operator

Wildlife Safaris Finland Oy gives neither guarantees for any animals to be seen nor pictures to be taken. It is about wild animals for which behaviour we cannot take any responsibility.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2009 [05 May] - Ken Musgrove

Report

…. However, it did overlook part of the bay and from here we had shelduck, goldeneye, goosander, merganser, goldeneye, ruff (in breeding plumage) redshank, arctic and common tern, marsh harrier, swifts, sand martins and swallows…

2009 [06 June]- David Mason - Finland & Arctic Norway

Report

Finland has always been a destination high up on my wish list with the mouth-watering possibility of more lifers than most other European destinations. High costs relative to other similar trips, plus the potential for 24 hour birding has, in the past, left it on the back burner. With Amanda not really wanting to undertake a full-on birding trip, when our son Nick suggested he accompany me instead, the die was cast…

2009 [07 July] - Lutz Lücker

Report

…Lots of species were rare or seemed absent like Skuas (Raubmöwen, Labbes), Buntings (Ammern, Bruants),or Willow Grouse…

2010 [05 May] - Stephen Burch

Report

… The main objective was to connect with as many as possible of the northern owls, which has been one of my ambitions for some time now. Getting some reasonable photos would also be a nice bonus…

2010 [05 May] - Toni Eskelin

PDF Report

…Birding the forest was great but without doubt pride of place goes to extended views of Tengmalm’s Owl peering out at us from its nesting cavity. He, or possibly she, was the second tenant of what was originally a Black Woodpeckers hole – the previous tenant being a Common Goldeneye…

2010 [07 July] - Colin & Alison Parnell

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…Having withstood blizzards, gales and torrential rain in late May 2000, we felt it was about time we returned to see if the weather in Finland was always that bad. This time our visit coincided with the hottest summer for 75 years…

2010 [07 July] - Dave & Sammy Langlois

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…First two rough leg buzzards hovering by the road soon after leaving Kirkenes, with red throated divers in the roadside lochs just outside the town. Fieldfares in the roadside trees. Willow warblers abundant and in full song. Hoodies everywhere….

2011 [05 May] - David Hoddinott

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Our inaugural trip to Finland was, to say the least, a remarkable success! We had a great number of highlights that included all possible grouse species, together with stunning views of the elusive Hazel Grouse, a magnificent four male Western Capercaillie, fabulous Black Grouse….

2012 [07 July] - Uffe Gjøl Sørensen & Hans Jørgen Bruun Pedersen

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…We saw two wolves – one only briefly but the alpha female in her pale summer-coat was seen well, see photo. Twice she was seen at a slow pace crossing the open bog: All ears and observant…

2013 [05 May] - Antti Vierimaa & Peter Lansdown

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…our sightings of Eurasian Capercaillie, Willow Grouse, Red-necked Grebe and particularly the star bird, a stunning singing male Rustic Bunting, more than compensated for the discomfort…

2013 [05 May] - Mike Neale

Report

…We made a tour around Lentiira and came through the tiny village of Niva. Near this village we had prolonged views of a pair of Black-throated Diver. The road between Niva and the main road (the "912") was unsurfaced and yielded quite a few female Capercaillies and also a few Hazel Grouse. In the evening we drove again to Viiksimo and saw a few female Capercaillies, a few Black Grouse (both male and female) and a few Hazel Grouse along the unsurfaced road….

2013 [05 May] - Sief Ollers

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2013 [07 July] - Thomas Kuppel

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…Since some nights a real Lanceolated Warbler has been singing between Saario and Värtsilä..

2014 [07 July] - Karl Overman - Finland & Arctic Norway

Report

...A Corncrake was busy calling from a relatively small field. An unfamiliar song that was soon to be a very familiar song was tracked down to a Yellowhammer. The other birds I had on my first foray into Finnish birds turned out to be standard fare for the rest of the trip -Fieldfare, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail, Chaffinch. You have to start somewhere....

2015 [05 May] - Antti Vierrimaa

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2015 [06 June] - Stephen Burch - Lapland

Report

...Careful research in advance showed that I had realistic chances for just four lifers - Pine Grosbeak, Arctic Redpoll, Brunnich's Guillemot and Arctic Warbler which was by no means guaranteed. Note that fortunately Stellar's Eider is already on my list...

2016 [04 April] - Wim Heylen - Norway & Finland

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...After an uneventful flight from Helsinki to Ivalo, we picked up our rental car and started heading north towards Varanger. Our first major stop was at Neljän Tuulen Tupa, the famous roadside restaurant with bird feeders. We had lunch there and saw Pine Grosbeak, Arctic Redpoll, Siberian Tit and Siberian Jay...

2017 [04 April] - Alie Tribe

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After a very early morning flight from Heathrow to Helsinki, we landed with a few hours to spend in the airport. It was here that most of the group met up, had lunch and used the facilities, with all of us being rather impressed by the choice of music in the lavatories: bird song! A few members of the group commented on the fact that there was no snow outside, which was the expected sight. It was soon time for us to board our next flight to Oulu, a journey of only one hour, but during the flight the snow levels quickly built up on the ground below us.

2017 [06 June] - Chris Townend - Wolverines, Bears & Birds

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Great Grey Owl: A fabulous start to the tour as we enjoyed great views of two adults at the nest feeding three chicks near Joensuu. Wolf: Those who were in the forest hide on the...

2017 [06 June] - Esa Muikku

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It was unfortunate that on day two of this four day tour to Finland the leader fell ill and couldn’t continue, so it was necessary for a local guide to complete the tour. As a consequence the report is brief but, on the positive side, the focus of the tour was to look for Wolverine and good numbers of it and Brown Bear were seen.

2018 [03 March] - Nina Johanlon - Winter Finland Birding

Report

After arriving in Kuusamo late the evening before (and finding out that we didn’t actually have a hire car to get around) we spent the morning walking around the frozen, snow covered Lake Toranki. The surrounding woodland areas were quiet with the occasional Blue Tit, Great Tit and Chaffinch calling, with the most birds seen around some garden feeders. One of the highlights of the day was a couple of ‘trumpeting’ Northern Bullfinches flying over, with slightly obscured views of them in the trees. In the afternoon we took the bus to Ruka and then to Valtavarra to suss out the best places to spend the rest of the weekend.

2018 [05 May] - Ari Latja - Norway & Finland - An Arctic Spring

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After flights from Heathrow to Oulu via Helsinki, we arrived at Oulu in the afternoon and met Ari. The drive to the hotel took a mere five minutes. Stepping out of the vehicle we were soon watching a singing male Pied Flycatcher in the hotel garden. There were also many Fieldfares and Redwings around. Suddenly an adult Whitetailed Eagle appeared right above us.

2018 [05 May] - Hannu Jännes - Finland & Arctic Norway

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This year’s Birdquest tour to Finland and Norway was once again a great success. Not only did we find the great majority of target birds, we were able to enjoy them in the stunning landscapes of the “Land of the midnight sun” with its almost endless boreal forests, countless lakes, wet bogs, mighty rivers, partly snow covered fells and the rugged coast of the Arctic Ocean that teems with birdlife.

2018 [06 June] - Nigel Redman - Finland & Norway

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This year’s itinerary combined the boreal forests of Finland with the fjords and tundra of northern Norway (Lapland), with great success. Arriving in what we were informed was the best owl year for 25 years, we wrapped up six species of owls in style in the first two days, and then added the famously unpredictable Snowy Owl in Varanger at the end of the trip.

2018 [06 June] - Simon Boswell - Kuusamo and Varanger Peninsula

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Finland and Arctic Norway are classic birding destinations which I have dreamt about visiting for a long time. As a result, my dad and I organised an independent trip to Kuusamo and the Varanger Peninsula in May and June 2018. The basic route comprised Oulu-Kuusamo-Varanger-Oulu over a period of 11 days.

Places to Stay

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Erä Eero's Wildlife Lodge

Accommodation

Erä Eero's Wildlifelodge is located near the easternmost corner of the European Union. We are the on the edge of the endless taiga forest that span from Finland crossing Siberia all the way to the Bering Strait. Our wildlife is part that vast area and only a narrow brim of the taiga extends to the Finnish side of the border…

Observatories

Jurmo Bird Observatory

Webpage

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Founded in 1962 and managed by Turku Ornithological Society, the Jurmo Bird Observatory is located in the southern rim of the Turku Archipelago. The vegetation and scenery in Jurmo are unique, which attracts a wide and distinct range of birds both to breed on and to migrate via the island and the surrounding waters.

Tankar Bird Station

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Contact Details: Tankarin lintuasema, Harri Hongell, Raahenkatu 46, 67200 KOKKOLA, puh. 06-8314903 tai 050-5110047 e-mail: harri.hongell.ymparisto.fi

Museums

Finnish Museum of Natural History

Website

The vertebrate collections presently comprise about 140 000 specimens. Mammals and birds are usually represented as skins or skeletons, and sometimes as stuffed animals. Fishes, amphibians, and reptiles in turn are kept in alcohol. A majority of the vertebrate samples are from Finland. The museum also hosts a large, internationally valuable bird egg collection. A frozen tissue collection of vertebrate material has been started for purposes of DNA analyses. The collections are primarily used for research purposes, but some specimens are on display in the museum’s public exhibition.

Turku University Zoological Museum

Website

The Department of Biology is one of the most productive and successful science departments at the University of Turku. The department produces internationally esteemed research mainly with outside and competed research funding.

Blogs

Olli Haukkovaara - Remote Birding

BLOG

Last update 2013 - I'm an addicted hard core birder since 1969 ;) I'm also interested in almost everything in this planet - and eager to learn something new every single day.

Tom Nordblad - Finnish Birding

BLOG

Welcome to follow my occasional birding in Finland and other countries around the Western Palearctic. Helsinki, Finland Birdwatcher and twitcher from Finland. This blog tells about my birding activities. As you can see, my photos are not spectacular or amazing. Nevertheless, please do not copy my pictures without permission. Hope you enjoy!

Other Links

Bird House Boys

Website

We are actively updating our pages. Our main field of activity is the drilling and preparation of the birds, as well as the preparation and preparation of bird sanctuaries, birdwatching, nature trails.

Birds and Birdwatching

Website

Birds and Birdwatching At this moment only some pages are in English (E). However, we can recommend you some other pages (R). You can mail any comments and messages to webmaster.

Birds of Inari Lapland

Website

Checklist of the Inari Lapland bird species - Written by Heikki Karhu, Olli Osmonen and Olli Karhu

Tarsiger

Website

From Finland's most popular birding site, Tarsiger.com, you will find tens of thousands of bird pictures from more than 4300 species around the globe and more will come all the time. Images can be searched by search engine based on different criteria. In addition, we offer the latest rarity observations in Finland and WP, and older search results can also be obtained through a search engine.

Photographers & Artists

Artist & Photographer - Hanna & Janne Aalto

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Some excellent photograhs [Janne] and paintings [Hanna]

Bird Photography with Finnature

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Finnature Ltd is a ground tour operator specialized in wildlife- and birdwatching tours and wildlife photography. Finnature's company philosophy is to raise public perception of the value of Finland's natural environments and to help preserve them for future generations. Finnature's tours offer clients opportunities to enjoy the wonders of nature under expert guidance…

Gallery - Pictures of Finnish Birds

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Top quality images from Markus Varesvuo, Tomi Muukkonen, Jari Peltomäki and Arto Juvonen.

Gallery - Tarsiger

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Tarsiger.com is a new Finnish birding website. Our target is to provide bird pictures around the world and recent observations of rare birds from Finland, Estonia and the Western Palearctic region. You can search the pictures easily and efficiently from our database. If you are interested in purchasing rights of a picture or willing to send your own recent rarity picture to our website - please contact via e-mail. Be sure to remember that all pictures are copyrighted by the authors and are not to be used without their permission. -Tarsiger team

Photographer - Antti Below

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I mostly show my bird pictures on my website, but other nature photographs are also available. There are about 4100 bird specimens on more than 500 species. The bird pictures pages can be found among others. the entire nesting species of Finland and a wide selection of Western Palearctic species. Tap the pictures below or the texts on the left to get to know the bible images.

Photographer - Arto Juvonen

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Some excellent images from this Finnish photographer…

Photographer - Harri Vainola

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Bird photographs and essays, portraying birds as individual beings…

Photographer - Jukka Könönen

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Bird Pictures from Finland and Estonia / Birdphotos from Finland and Estonia / © Jukka Könönen

Photographer - Petri Kuhnon

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Many fine pictures.

Photographer - Vesa Huttunen

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Welcome. BIRDS.FI is a site dedicated to high quality bird and wildlife imagery. The first version was released in 2003 and on the current platform it has been running since 2006. Most of the photos are from Viikki-Vanhankaupunginlahti, Uutela and Kallahdenniemi in Eastern Helsinki. There are also few pictures from elsewhere in Helsinki, Finnish Lake Region, Lapland and the Mediterranean area. The home page shows variable weekly or monthly pictures and the photos page contains the best hits of the current year and the archive folders. All images are copyrighted and unauthorized access is prohibited. Have a nice moments with BIRDS.FI pictures.