Kylli Karing
Kylli Karing

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  • Cutting-edge
  • Unspoilt nature
  • Small and cosy
  • Nordic “with a twist
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Estonia 2nd in Europe for the number of bird species sighted

Estonia 2nd in Europe for the number of bird species sighted
02.05.2013

Estonia is second in Europe after Spain in terms of number of bird species seen during migration. During 7-9 day trips, 180-190 species can usually be seen, and the lucky can glimpse more than 200. Estonian infrastructure is well-suited for bird-watching, and observation towers can be found almost everywhere.

The bird tourism season begins as early as March, when the primary magnet is Steller’s eider (Polysticta stelleri), which winters on Saaremaa. Spring migration culminates in mid-May and the bird observation season winds down by mid-June. The autumn migration is more modest, but draws enthusiasts to Estonia in September and October as well. You will almost certainly hear the powerful trumpet sounds of the flocks of cranes during this time.