In addition to the numerous predators in the area, the surrounding landscape hosts a very wide variety of birdlife. Wild Brown Bear is situated amongst a lively ecosystem consisting of a vast variety of flora and fauna, and after spending a long night in the wildlife hides, a relaxing afternoon is much needed.
The forest area near to the lodge hosts a lot of bird species. There is a large bird hide which is also available for use 24/7, many species have been observed here.
There are also a whole host of species which frequent the wetland area nearby the hides. May is a good time for birds as most migratory birds are moving: passerines, waterfowl, eagles and falcons move to the north and it is possible to see them also from the hides. Birds can be heard singing all throughout the surrounding environment.
Owls may call at night, and sometimes they fly in the hide area or sit in surrounding trees. In good years when there are plenty of moles, owls have plenty of food and it is then possible to see or hear Tengmalm’s Owl, Ural Owl, Eurasian Pygmy Owl and Great Grey Owl.
In the ponds of the hide area, it is possible to observe and photograph Goldeneye, Common Teal, Mallard, Eurasian Wigeon, Smew and Whooper Swan. On the bank Common Sandpiper, Ruff, Common Greenshank, occasionally Common Crane, Bean Goose or White-tailed Eagle can be seen searching for food.
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
130 € / person / night
Group size: 1-6 persons
Season time: 23rd April - 7th May
Duration: All night, from about 7:00-8:00 pm to 8:00 am (depending the site)
Hides; hides or tents of 1-2 persons
Price incl. use of hides or tents, snack, sleeping bag, matress in hides/tent, drive to the place)
Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix)
80€ / person / morning
Group size: 1-6 persons
Season time: 18th April - 20th May
Duration: Early in the morning (about 00:30am to 8:00am) or from evening to morning (6:00 pm to 8:00 am), in Vartius area
Hides: hides or tents for 1-2 persons
Price incl. use of hides or tent, snack, sleeping bags, matrass in hides, drive to the place)
Birds and Owls observation trip 100,- / person
May to August
Day or evening
By walking or by vehicle depending the season and interest of people.
Departure from Wild Brown Bear lodge
Species of Owls you may see:
Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)
Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)
Great spotted Woodpecker and Black Woodpecker is possible to see around the Bear Centre, bird hide offers good place for photography. 2017 Black Woodpecker made it's nest near lake in the yard of Bear Centre, it had 2 nestlings then.
Bear and Wolverine hides are also great place to spot Great spotted Woodpecker.
Great spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius)
Golden Eagle and White-tailed Eagle can be seen in the hide area.
The best time to view an eagle is in the winter and spring when they are searching for food to be revealed from the thawing snow. White-tailed Eagle visits often also in autumn during August - October
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
Hawks may be seen around the Bear Centre and especially in the hide area.
Northern goshawk(Accipiter gentilis)
Sometimes it is possible to see and photograph Whooper Swan in lake in Bear Centre.
Whooper Swan(Cygnus cygnus)
Crane (Grus grus)
Coniferous Forest Birds
Siberian Jay (Perisoreus infaustus)
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)
Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Siberian Tit (Poecile cinctus)
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
These and many other species of birds it is possible to see and photograph from our Bird Hide. Many of these you can see also around the Centre.
Black-throated diver (Gavia arctica)
Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata)
In May and June after the ice retreats from the ponds it is possible to photograph the various ducks and divers which come regularly in the daylight.
Raven and Crow
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88930 Lentiira (Vartius)
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