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Sweden Bird Watching Tour

Sweden Bird Watching Tour
When: Sat 4 Sept - Sat 18 Sept 2021
Leaders: Chris Doughty and Goran Petterssen
Sweden Bird Watching Tour
Ground Content (ex Copenhagen) $6,750
Single Room Supplement $750
Sweden Bird Watching Tour
There are few sights in the world of bird-watching as impressive as those of birds on migration. The sheer numbers involved, together with the sense of urgency, and the ever-present chance of a rarity, makes any migration watch-point, an exciting place to visit. Our tour to Sweden visits the top two migration watch-points on the Scandinavian peninsula; Falsterbo, at the southernmost tip of Sweden; and the delightful island of Oland, situated in the Baltic Sea, off Sweden's southeast coast. The big freeze, that envelops the far north of Eurasia during the winter months, forces an estimated five billion birds, made up of 200 different species, from Europe and Northwestern Asia, to migrate southwards, to wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa; in what is, without doubt, one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring spectacles in the natural world. The fact that literally millions of birds pit their wits against the elements, and accomplish, as routine, a journey of several thousand kilometres, twice a year, year after year, is simply astonishing. Fortunately, the African continent is vast, and the migrants are spread over 20 million square kilometres, and it works out at just two birds, per hectare. Our tour will focus on the spectacular exodus of wildfowl, raptors, waders, and passerines as they leave Scandinavia via the shortest sea route possible, to mainland Europe. During inclement weather, Falsterbo and Oland Island become temporary staging posts for literally thousands of migrating birds which, while waiting for a change in the weather, stop to rest and feed, before continuing their journey southwards. Under these conditions, outstanding views are possible, at very close range, of a multitude of different species of birds. The stunted trees and scrub become alive with flycatchers, warblers, wheatears, pipits and wagtails. The composition and number of migrant species changes on a daily basis, but there is always plenty to see, and on some days, it can be almost overwhelming. A vagrant Lapland Bunting is found along the shoreline; a Pied Flycatcher suddenly appears at the top of a small bush; a Red-throated Pipit pops up along the roadside; we can expect the unexpected, and whatever happens, we won't be far away when it does! At nearby Ottenby and Segerstad lighthouses, on the island of Oland, migration is no less impressive, with tens of thousands of ducks, and geese following the west Baltic coastline, where they attract the attention of the resident population of White-tailed Eagles. Hundreds of Common Cranes rest on the island, and the sight and sound of these birds gathering in the evenings is unforgettable. Bad weather can lead to large falls of passerines in the lighthouse gardens and patches of scrub. Imagine the sight of forty-two Great Spotted Woodpeckers all feeding in the last tree on the island before making the sea crossing to mainland Europe.
Come with us and enjoy this fabulous Sweden Bird Watching Tour.

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