Birdwatching in Sodankylä
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Birdwatching location





The road to Pelkosenniemi turns off from the Luosto - Pyhätunturi road. After driving this road about 12 km turn left to the village of Suvanto. At Suvanto, a road turns to the right. Kitinen River and the Kohkonen Reservoir are on the right side of the road all the time. To watch birds, it is best to stop at boggy sites and several places on the shore of the reservoir. The road goes through to the Sodankylä - Pelkosenniemi road. There is also a road from Suvanto to Sodankylä-Pelkosenniemi road on the eas tern shore of the reservoir that bypasses the Kohkonen dam.




The bogs and reservoir gather waterfowl, especially in the spring migration season from 15 April - 20 June, waterfowl such as the Northern Pintail, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Scaup, Smew, Black-throated and Red-throated Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Common and Velvet Scoter, Garganey and Bean Goose. In the bogs and marshy bays one can encounter the Crane, Red-necked Phalarope, Jack Snipe, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Snipe, Ringed Plover, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Whimbrel. You may also see Short-eared Owls, Hen Harriers and Black Grouses.


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