Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Destinations: Soomaa - Estonia
Soomaa is a myriad of bogs, fens, rivers and forests by the River Parnu in Estonia. Much of the area is a National Park with well-marked trails and visitor centres off the gravel roads that cross the park. Great birds here include Black, White-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers, Lesser Spotted and Golden Eagles, Black and White Storks, Hazel Grouse, Capercaillie, Corncrake, Common Crane and Ural and Pygmy Owls. Soomaa floods almost every spring and indeed this is one of the best times to visit scenically but birding in parts of the NP are difficult then, without a boat! Sooma NP is around 30km east of Parnu.