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Birdwatching location


Hanhiaapa bird observation tower

 

Location

 

Hanhiaapa is located right after the village of Siurunmaa on route 967 from Sodankylš to Tanhua, 15.5 km from Sodankylš. On the left side of the road there is a track leaving the road on the edge of a cleared area in the woods which leads about 300 metres to the tower.

 

Birds

 

Birds that gather at the bog in May - June are Bean Geese, Cranes and Whooper Swans. Waders that can be encountered here are the Red-necked Phalarope, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Broad-billed Sandpiper and Jack Snipe, among others. The most frequently seen bird of prey is the Hen Harrier. The tower is a good vantage point to observe the migration of the Rough-legged Buzzard in April - May. It is also worth being on the lookout for rarer species of geese. The White-fronted Goose and Bar-headed Goose, for example, have been spotted here.

 

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