A First Morning On Our Wonderful Finland And Arctic Norway Tour A Special Trip

Blyths Reed Warbler 1 2015

We enjoyed wonderful looks at this singing Blyth's Reed Warbler in Finland.

With a good number of Blyth's Reed Warblers being found in the UK this week we were reminded of an amazing morning in Finland in 2018....

Our first morning on our Finland and Norway Birdwatching Trip 2018 and we awoke to clear blue sky and not a breath of wind, perfect. A Wryneck was singing his high pitched song as we open the door and stepped out into the bright sunshine. With a little bit of scanning we soon spotted this cryptically marked little woodpecker and enjoyed super views through the telescope. A male Pied Flycatcher sang from a tree just behind us as we watched the Wryneck. The Pied Flycatchers were building a nest close to the restaurant at the hotel so we enjoyed super views during our two night stay here. Fieldfares were busy mobbing Hooded Crows around the wooded grounds of our hotel. Another song reached us and we walked a little way down the slope to hear it more clearly. The slow rather slurred song of a Blyth’s Reed Warbler! This often skulking species bucked the tread and sat out in the morning sun singing away and again we soaked up the views. A short song of “pleased to meet you” announced the arrival of a Common Rosefinch in the tree above the warbler. Where to look, which was to become a common thing on this two week birding adventure. Luckily the Common Rosefinch was in no hurry to move on and everyone enjoyed both birds. Three lifers in the first half hour for some of our small group, what a start! On the lake below the hotel we saw Whooper Swans, Finland's national bird, and a distant flock of Long tailed Ducks and a pair of Great crested Grebes. Common Crossbills and Siskins were seen in the pines behind our rooms. All this around our hotel before breakfast, it is easy to understand why this tour is so very popular.

Common Rosefinch 2016 male 1

A male singing Common Rosefinch in Finland singing "pleased to meet you".

Here are a few of the wonderful species of bird that we encountered on this year’s trip…

Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, White-billed Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Whooper Swan, Taiga Bean Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, Garganey, King Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Smew, Honey Buzzard, White-tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Rough-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Merlin, Hobby, Peregrine, Gyr Falcon, Hazel Grouse, Willow Grouse, Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, Capercaille, Common Crane, Avocet, Dotterel, Temminck’s Stint, Purple Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Ruff, Jack Snipe, Woodcock, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Arctic Skua, Pomarine Skua, Long-tailed Skua, Little Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Brunninch’s Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Puffin, Hawk Owl, European Pygmy Owl, Ural Owl, Great Grey Owl, Short-eared Owl, Tengmalm’s Owl, Snowy Owl, Wryneck, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Shore Lark, Red-throated Pipit, Waxwing, Dipper, Thrush Nightingale, Red-spotted Bluethroat, Red-flanked Bluetail, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Siberian Tit, Crested Tit, Great Grey Shrike, Siberian Jay, Brambling, Mealy Redpoll, Arctic Redpoll, Parrot Crossbill, Common Rosefinch, Pine Grosbeak, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, Rustic Bunting, Little Bunting.

Red throated Diver Finland and Norway 2015

A beautiful breeding plumaged Red-throated Diver on one of our Finland/Norway tours.

What an amazing list of highlights! Huge thanks to Rachel and Mike, Paul and Shirley, Hugh, Kirsten and all our amazing friends in Finland and Norway that made this a simply superb trip. Do come and join us in 2021 you will love it! Please email us here for details of this or any of our tours….


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