Overview

Few countries in Europe have especially large birding lists, with many of the sought after species being found at opposite ends of the continent. No single trip could provide an all-encompassing overview of the best of what Europe has to offer, until now. Our new Highlights of Europe tour takes us to 4 countries, from Mediterranean Spain in the south and Finland in the Arctic north to Poland and Bulgaria in the east. This tour can be taken as a single three and half week tour de force of Europe’s avifauna, or in shorter bite sized chunks.

Our last week of the tour will see us heading to Siberian taiga forests of central Finland. We begin our birding in Oulu, searching for numerous breeding owls such as Great Grey, Ural, Northern Hawk, Boreal, Eurasian Pygmy and Short-eared Owls. We can also expect great sightings of Hen Harrier, striking Whinchat, Common Crane, European Elk and Horned Grebe. Moving on to Kuusamo we can expect a number of encounters with a veritable feast of eastern specialities, including Siberian Jay, Grey-headed Chickadee, Parrot Crossbill, breeding Red-flanked Bluetail, Little and Rustic Buntings, Bohemian Waxwing, Black and Eurasian Three-toed Woodpeckers, Hazel Grouse, Western Capercaillie, Willow Ptarmigan and Red-necked Grebe.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Siberian Jay, Grey-headed Chickadee, Parrot Crossbill, Red-flanked Bluetail, Little & Rustic Buntings, Bohemian Waxwing, Black & Eurasian Three-toed Woodpeckers, Western Capercaillie, Hazel & Black Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan, Red-necked & Horned Grebes, Little Gull, Great Grey, Ural, Northern Hawk, Boreal, Eurasian Pygmy & Short-eared Owls, White-tailed Eagle, Hen & Western Marsh, European Crested Tit, Eurasian Hobby, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Pine Grosbeak
Habitats Covered
lakes, forests, meadows, rivers and wetlands
Expected Climate
moderate with some colder mornings
Max Group Size
7 with 1 Local Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed pace with some longer walks
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with some tricky species
Photographic Opportunities
very good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

I consider myself very lucky to have had Nigel Redman as our tour guide. His knowledge of the birds, as well as their habitats, and ability to spot them made for a completely satisfying birding experience. He also ensured we were all made comfortable in regards to travelling, meals, and lodging. We also lucked out having Taru as our local Finnature guide. I really cannot express how much I appreciated them both. Thank you for a great birding tour.

I got most of the high-value targets that I wanted. The local guide Taru was excellent; she was fantastic at knowing the sites, and knowing what might be there, and in identifying the birds. And she was excellent by being in contact with other members of Finnature, and in looking up the local sightings pages to look for sites for specific species. Nigel Redman is a very nice guy. I like him and we got on well. I would be happy to go with Nigel again on a cruise (e.g. Antarctica, Spitzbergen, etc). It was a very good trip.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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