Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Destinations: Slima - Estonia
The Slima Nature Reserve lies in Laane County, in NW Estonia, near the village of Saare, about 12km north of Haapsalu. It is an inland wetland with a lake, bogs, reedbeds set in rural, forested country. There are some birding towers here and a good boardwalk that gets you right in amongst the reeds. Breeding birds include Slavonian and Red-necked Grebes, Common Bittern, White-tailed Eagle, Common Crane, Spotted Crake, Woodcock, Savi's Warbler and Penduline Tit. On passage a rich array of marsh terns, gulls, waders and wildfowl drop in. The adjacent forests are home to various woodpeckers and owls plus Common and perhaps Parrot Crossbills.