Lithuania is a land of outstanding natural beauty. Traditionally, its countryside has been considered as agricultural; however, vast woodland areas together with diverse bog complexes, natural river valleys and numerous lake systems suggest that Lithuania, more typically, represents a European forest region with a predomination of boreal woodland. Flooded meadows holding flocks of geese, ducks and waders, rich and natural coastal waters, an excellent infrastructure for comfortable travelling and a thoroughly safe environ, all of which combine to make Lithuania a favourite destination for wildlife in Europe.
Four distinct seasons coupled with a myriad of calm and completely unspoiled natural spaces all come together to increase Lithuania’s attractiveness for lovers of nature and wildlife. There are silent sandy coastlines, flooded meadows, countless lakes surrounded by natural wild-flower meadows, divergent types of old forest stands, large bogs and swamps; all factors which determine the diversity of bird fauna.
There are species like Black-throated Diver, Capercaillie, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Great Snipe, Three-toed Woodpecker, Citrine Wagtail, Aquatic Warbler and many others. The geographical location of Lithuania also supports distribution of the ‘eastern’ species within the country; species such as; Marsh Sandpiper, Caspian Gull, Green Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler and Booted Warbler.
Due to Lithuania being located on the Eastern Baltic flyway we are blessed to witness a large and diverse composition of migratory birds passing through our country during spring and autumn migration seasons. Also, because of the presence of so many bodies of standing water Lithuania is a highly prized stopover point for a multitude of water bird species.
The presence of the Baltic Sea which remains unfrozen in winter attracts numerous congregations of seabirds, including the threatened Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and others.
Text courtesy http://birdinglithuania.com/about-lithuania/
Aquatic Warbler © Thomas Luiten
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