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Surely, one of the best places in Europe for woodland birds and certainly the best site I know for seeing Hazel Grouse and White-backed Woodpecker

All the sites in this section are treated, in detail and with precise maps and directions, in my book ‘Finding Birds in Estonia’

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There’s a boardwalk trail that leads across Nigula Bog to a forested island

The island is the arrowed site on this map. It shows that it contains the highest density of woodpeckers in the area - and the area is one of the best in Europe for woodpeckers! La creme de la creme!

This is the clearing at site 5 in my book. We stopped here to look (successfully) for Black and Grey-headed Woodpeckers but also found the nest of a White-backed Woodpecker in that stand of Aspens.

These maps also show the highest concentrations of Hazel Grouse (top left), ‘large bird nests’ (presumably storks, buzzards, goshawks and eagles - top right) and Red-breasted Flycatcher (bottom right)

On the boardwalk across the bog we found this dump of bear poo. No guesses what it had been eating.