Friday, 4 December 2009

Destinations: Saaremaa Island - Estonia

Saaremaa is Estonia's largest island. It lies in the Baltic off the west coast of the mainland and is accessible by regular ferries. Besides a spectacular coastline, there are wetlands and forests on Saaremaa and there are "good birds" on the island and on the surrounding sea all year round. Many typical Baltic species breed and sea-ducks including Steller's Eiders winter in good numbers. Both spring and autumn migration can be spectacular in terms of numbers and rarities. A bird observatory and ringing centre at Sorve, in the very south-west of the island at the tip of the peninsula of the same name, has turned up many vagrants. Note that weather can be very variable here, especially in winter!

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