Southern bird highlights in one day – birding in capital of Finland filled with birdlife
During these guided excursions, we aim to visit some of the best birdwatching sites in Helsinki area. We aim to find interesting species such as woodpeckers and late-arriving southern breeding birds called “night singers”. In Finland, where the summer nights are short and light, these songbirds are active during the nights. They are the latest arriving breeding bird species in Finland, and their densities and arrival times vary from year to year, according to favorable migration weather.
We will spend a good amount of time in birdwatching hotspots in Helsinki area. We will visit variable habitats from mudflats and reed beds to old forest areas, and look to find migrating waders and songbirds among a good selection of waterfowl and forest birds. Finnature’s knowledgeable guides work hard in advance to find the birds and promising territories of any interesting species. By joining a small group you get to see interesting species and a small group setting with competent guide will minimize disturbance to breeding birds.
Excursion takes a maximum of 9 hours and there will be moderate walks. Transportation is provided by a minibus and Finnature guide as a driver. Departure will be realized at minimum of 3 persons.
Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, Corncrake, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike, some years also White-backed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Citrine Wagtail, River Warbler, and Penduline Tit.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee any of the species, but our expert Finnature guides do their utmost to ensure sightings. Many of the warblers, for instance, are late arrivals and their population densities and arrival times vary from year to year. Time allowing we will make stops to search any uncommon species.
Set departures for 2020:
- 23.5.2020 at 03.00hrs
- 24.5.2020 at 03.00hrs
- 30.5.2020 at 03.00hrs
- 31.5.2020 at 03.00hrs
Price: 260 € / person
Meeting point: Hotel Radisson Blu in Espoo
Guiding and transportation for a maximum of 9 hours, and hot drinks (coffee or tea) & biscuits during the excursion.
Collect your own group
If you book two of our excursions (in Oulu, Kuusamo or Helsinki) as a group (6 persons) – you will get one free place in both excursions!
Please note that these excursions are particularly designed for birdwatching and photography will be difficult during excursions. Time does not allow for photography: we will not spend extended time on any site and we do not combine birdwatchers and photographers on same excursions. Photographers wish to stay longer at one site and therefore time spent in one site will be away from birdwatching elsewhere and, in that case, some species will most likely be missed. If you are interested in photographing Finnish birds, we kindly ask you to contact Finnature office regarding your wishes.
Please note that maps or GPS devices are prohibited to use on these excursions. In order to control the disturbance at the nest sites, you are allowed to visit the nest sites only with Finnature guides.
Please also note that you are not allowed to go back to the nest sites on your own and that the nest site locations are not public information. While signing in to join our excursions, you agree that you will not pass the bird site information onwards. This is purely a safety matter and is essential for the welfare of the breeding birds. Please be a considerate birder and do not pass the information onwards.