Birdwatching in Sodankylä
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Birdwatching location





1 km south of Sodankylä, on the opposite side of the road from the turnoff to Kittilä, a road turns to the left to the museum. Drive about 2 km to the end of this road. A path starts at the end of the road and goes through fields about 300 meters to the end of a peninsula. At Lintuniemi, the eastern shore of Kitinen River also has a variety of birds. You can get to that area via the road to Orajärvi.




The best time to watch birds is during the spring migration season from 15 May to 20 June. The river, which thaws early, serves as a migration route for waterfowl such as the Red-throated and Black-throated Diver, Common and Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Tufted Duck, Scaup and Pochard, and waders such as the Great Ringed Plover, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Temminck’s Stint, Dunlin and Broad-billed Sandpiper. When the ice breaks up in May, some Common Terns, Arctic Terns and Little Gulls often visit here.The fields of the area gather large flocks of thrushes. One can also see Rough-legged Buzzards, Hen Harriers and Short-eared Owls on the hunt over the fields. Large flocks of thrushes and Yellow Wagtails can be seen in the fields in the autumn also.


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