Spring Birding in Karelia

Duration

About 8 hours

Tourist activity

Nature Tours

Tourist destination

Karelia Tours

Trip to one of Russia’s best places for birdwatching

  • See migratory birds in spectacular numbers
  • Geese, ducks, swans, waders, raptors and other species
  • Departures in early May
  • Conducted by a professional ornithologist
Itinerary

Spring birdwatching tour in Karelia

  • Included meals: Lunch
Early morning departure from Petrozavodsk to Olonets region where huge numbers of migrating birds forage and rest at the former farmlands before flying to the Arctic Sea coast for breeding.
Led by a professional naturalist with extensive knowledge about the local avifauna we will wander around the fields looking for birds. The most common species to be seen are the white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons, белолобый гусь) and bean goose (Anser fabalis, гуменник).
We may also spot the graylag goose (Anser anser, серый гусь), Canadian goose (Branta Canadensis, канадская казарка), barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis, белощёкая казарка) and lesser white-fronted goose (Anser arythropus, пискулька).
You can expect to see various raptors, including Montagu's harrier (Circuspygargus, луговой лунь), common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus, обыкновенная пустельга), white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla, орлан-белохвост), etc.
We may encounter the common crane (Grus-grus, серый журавль), whooper swan (Cygnus Cygnus, лебедь-кликун), Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus, кулик-сорока), corncrake (crex-crex, коростель) and other species.
Lunch.
Transfer back to Petrozavodsk.
Dates and prices

Tentative dates:

02 May and 08 May 2021.

Price:

22000 Rubles per group (up to 6 people).

Included

1. Transfer from Petrozavodsk to Olonets region and back.

2. Birdwatching with a professional ornithologist.

3. Lunch.

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What kind of vehicles do you use?

We use modern, comfortable 9-seater vans, for example Volkswagen Caravella with plenty of luggage space.
For smaller groups we use suitably sized cars, such as Skoda Octavia.
For bigger groups we use Mercedes Sprinter buses or full-sized coaches.