estonia’s best birding sites

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Spithami and Dirhami - for rare migrants and spectacular flocks of seaducks

Sutlepa Meri - an impressive reedbed

Haapsalu - including the best places to look for wildfowl and Citrine Wagtail

Matsalu Bay - including directions to all the best bird towers in the area

Pogari-sas - spectacular numbers of Barnacle Geese by the roadside

Tuhu Soo - a peat bog for waders, cranes etc

Vonnu - a fantastic place for bird photographers

Sorve - one of the best places for bird migration in Europe

Kubassaare - lots of birds off the beaten track

Puhtulaid - waders and ducks in spring, woodland birds in summer

Audru - for spectacular flocks of geese and swans at close range

Pikla pools - a wetland on a major migration route

Haardemeeste - where to look for Greenish Warbler and breeding Citrine Wagtail

Kabli - one of Europe’s most famous migration watchpoints

Nigula - exactly where to look for Hazel Grouse, White-backed Woodpecker, Nutcracker, red-breated Flycatcher and Greenish Warbler (all at ‘Gosney’s magic corner’)

Sangla pools - a great place for passage waders, wildfowl and gulls

Ilmatsalu - great birding at an area of fishponds

Karevere, Hollywood Hill and Alam Pedja - including exactly where to look for great Snipe and Spotted Eagle

Aardla - superb wetland for passage geese and breeding birds. Includes details of exactly where to look for specialities such as Citrine Wagtail and Marsh Sandpiper

Rapina polders - how to get to this terrific but often overlooked wetland

Taevaskoja - beautiful woodlands for Red-breasted Flycatcher and Greenish Warbler

The following sites are all included in my book Finding Birds in Estonia and many are also covered in my DVD of the same title.

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