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Birdwatching location

Lake Kelujärvi




After driving 19 km on route 967 from Sodankylä to Tanhua one comes to the village of Kelujärvi. The fields in the village are good to observe from the road. Drive on until you come to the channel between Lake Kelujärvi and Lake Matalajärvi. You can observe the lake from the telescope on the bridge.




Because the fields in the village thaw early in spring, the first migratory birds gather there. Birds that may be seen in the fields are Thrushes, Golden Plovers, Dotterels, Curlews, Whimbrels, Cranes, Sparrowhawks, Short-eared Owls and Hen Harriers. Bar-tailed Godwits may be seen with a bit of luck.
Among others, the Long-tailed Duck, Scaup, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter and Shoveler may be seen at the lake in the spring and the beginning of summer. Red-throated and Black-throated Divers can be seen almost daily at the lake in the summer. It is worth looking out for Little Buntings in the marshes on the shores of Lake Matalajärvi to the south of the bridge. Cormorants can be seen in the autumn in August - October. Whooper Swans and up to 1000 Goosanders can gather in the autumn at the lake until it freezes. Dippers may be observed at the lake outlet from the bridge. It is worth keeping your eyes open at the lake, because several rare species such as the Great Skua, Little Grebe, Gannet, Great Black-backed Gull and Snow Goose have been seen there.


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