Birdwatching in Sodankylä
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Birdwatching location





35 km north of Sodankylä there is a road that turns east to Petkula and Vajukoski Power Station, which is a good place to watch birds from. Another good lookout is at the Yläpostojoki River kiosk 3 km north of the Petkula turnoff. Many birds gather about 800 metres south of the kiosk where the reservoir water vegetation is very lush. But it is difficult to park there.




Birds that may be seen at the reservoir in spring and summer are the Red-throated and Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed and Little Gull and Arctic Tern. One may see Cormorants here mostly in September and in June. Ospreys and Peregrine Falcons may be seen flying overhead in the summer. White-tailed Eagles fish in the area throughout the year. The lush shoreline near route E 75 gathers ducks and waders such as the Temminck’s Stint, Red-necked Phalarope, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Jack Snipe and Ruff in the spring. Because the dam embankments at the power station thaw early, one may see the Shore Lark and Twite there from 20 April to 20 May.


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