Birdwatching in Sodankylä
 
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Birdwatching location


Mätöpeuranaapa

 

Location

 

45 km north of Sodankylä and right next to Route E 75, there is a marshy bay about 5 km north of the Yläpostojoki River kiosk. One can get to the shore along a road closed off by a chain. Cars can be parked on the left side of the road which has a widened shoulder at this point.

 

Birds

 

The best time for birdwatching is spring and the beginning of summer. The grassy bay gathers spring migrants. Whooper Swans and Bean Geese are seen here 15 April - 15 May. Other waterfowl encountered here are the Pintail, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck and Smew. Flocks of Dunlins may be encountered 15 May - 10 June. Other waders seen are the Red-necked Phalarope, Temminck’s Stint, Spotted Redshank and Golden Plover. Ospreys can be seen fishing here daily all summer long.

 

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