|This weekend explores the surroundings of Varangerfjord and nearby Finland, one of Europe's outermost hotspots, for species which are difficult to find elsewhere.
|Steller’s Eider is one of Europe’s most sought-after species, its northerly distribution makes it scarce in most of Europe, but it has a regular large population at Varangerfjord in winter, with smaller numbers remaining throughout the year.
As well as this species, there are also King Eider, Common Eider, Long-tailed Duck, White-billed Diver, Red-throated and Black-throated Divers and Brünnich’s and Black Guillemots present.
Our trip takes place at a time of year when there are still Steller’s present, as well as the arrival of breeding species as winter fades away.
|We will have a little time to look for northern birds, including Arctic Warber (if it has returned), Little Bunting, Siberian Tit, Siberian Jay, Pine Grosbeak, Gyrfalcon and Ptarmigan, and we may even be lucky enough to find Great Grey and Hawk Owls.
Waders should be passing through on their way to their frozen breeding grounds, including Temminck’s Stint, Bar-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank and Broad-billed Sandpiper.
Overhead, we will look out for Raven, White-tailed Eagle and Rough-legged Buzzard.