Finland lies in the conifer zone with nearly a third of the country under marsh or bog. Mixed woodlands of spruce and birch hold many of the typical taiga species including the various owls, Hawk, Eagle, Ural and Tengmalms, Hazel Grouse and White-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers.
Woodland further north holds Siberian Jays and Pine Grosbeaks. The eastern forests provide the best chance of finding Red-flanked Bluetail. Terek Sandpipers have nested. Broad-billed Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope and Temminck's Stint are more likely to be encountered.
Red-flanked Bluetail © Andy WalkerLofoten Birding
For guided birding in neighbouring Northern Norway with experienced birders and photographers contact Martin Eggen and Håvard Eggen.
Showing the 36 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted
(Northern) Finland, Varangerfjord and a little bit of Sweden, May 26th - June 6th 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 23, 2004)
Low cost birding in Finland with RyanAir, June 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 23, 2004)
Finland, Estonia and Arctic Norway - May - June 2005, author Pete Morris (link created September 11, 2008)
(eight species of woodpecker and owl including Great Grey Owl and Northern Hawk Owl)
Finland and Norway, 7th-29th July 2007, author Daniel López Velasco (added October 28, 2007)
(Is it possible to see the spring Finnish and Lapland specialties in July, as well as the three late arrival species (Arctic, Booted and Lanceolated Warblers)?)
Western Finland and Southern Lapland - 25th May - 4th June 2007, author Michael Cram (link created November 4, 2008)
(based in Oulu)
Finnish Lapland & Arctic Norway - 27th May to 5th June 2005, author Christopher Hall (added June 30, 2005)
(Little Bunting plus lots of other Finnish specialities)
Finland - Owls and Woodpeckers - 20th - 25th May 2018, author Tony Moverley (added June 28, 2018)
Finland - owling weekend with Finnature - May 2011, author Jeff Hazell (added June 27, 2011)
(Finnature, Finland's Owls, Great Grey Owl, Oulu)
Finland and Northern Norway - From Joburg to Varanger and back - June 8th - 19th 2012, author John Bannon (added July 4, 2012)
(Six South Africans and a Scouser go birding from Helsinki to Varangerfjord and back (aka the ‘Quest for the Mythical Cinnamon Bun’). )
Finland & Norway, author Chris Mills (link created July 15, 2006)
(Central, Northern Finland, & Arctic Norway,Veranger Fjord, Chris Mills, Norfolk Birding, Finnature, Hawk Owl, Long-tailed Skua, Tengmalms Owl, Pygmy Owl, Great Grey Owl, Pine grosbeak, Brunnich's Guillemot)
Finland - May 2006, author Alan Miller (added January 5, 2007)
(A beautiful country with outstanding scenery and friendly people. Nine days in Finland produced a list of 143 species including all five speciality owls.)
Finland (Independently) in Spring - 25th May - 19th June 2019, author Colin Reid (added January 15, 2020)
(Russian border, east of Oulu and similarly in the south, east of Helsinki, Western Capercaillie, River Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Great Grey Owl, Ural Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Siberian Jay)
Trip report to Finland and Varanger (Norway) - 16 July - 3 August 2010, author Anna Gallés (added August 13, 2010)
(Viikki, Laajalahti, Parikkala, Kuusamo, Varanger, Yellow-billed Loon, Two-barred Crossbill, Penduline Tit, White-backed Woodpecker, Lappland Bunting, Long-tailed Skua, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Pine Grosbeak)
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