Autumn Migration Tour

During this tour you will have the unique possibility to observe one of nature’s most amazing phenomenons; the annual autumnal bird migration. The Baltic Flyway is among the most important bird migration routes in the world. Each autumn millions of birds pass through the Baltic states from their breeding grounds in Scandinavia and Northen Russia to wintering places in West Europe or Africa. Lithuania is located at the narrowest point of this flyway, thus, creating a ‘bottleneck’ effect for millions of passenger birds.
The Tour starts in Western Lithuania, at Ventė Cape – a location where you will find the largest ringing station in the world. This station was established back in 1929 and witnesses up to 800,000 birds fly-over the cape, each day, during the peak of migration.
Our next destination – Curonian Spit National Park. This narrow spit of sandy dunes, located between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea, is a hot-spot for migratory birds (mainly passerines and raptors), with up to 1.5 million migrants crossing on peak days. To offer some relief after the spectacle of Western Lithuania’s bird migration the route travels South to Dzukija National Park – an area possessing the largest fall of woodlands and raised-bogs in all of Lithuania and comes complete with small ancient villages representing the cultural heritage of the region. Two nights in the heart of the Dainava woodland, Marcinkonys village and visits to its surrounding countryside will allow you to feel Lithuanian nature’s purity and soothing calmness.

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Period: September – October
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Group size: 8-15 persons.
Price: 1 655 Eur per person

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If from the airport in Palanga, we will start our tour in the Šventoji river mouth. Migrating waders, gulls, Rock Pipits like this area where the small river falls into the Baltic Sea. On our way to the hotel we will make a stop in the fields preferred by Grey Partridges, passerines and raptors. In the Ventė Cape we will stay at the Ventainė hotel on the coast of the Curonian Lagoon, with the beautiful panoramic view onto the Curonian Lagoon framed with the Curonian Spit. Before dinner we will look around at the Curonian Lagoon – abundant waterfowl may be found here in autumn bird migration seasons. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.


We will take a pre-breakfast walk along the bank of the Curonian Lagoon (optional); breakfast - at 7:30 a.m.
After breakfast our walking destination will be the Ventės Ragas Ornithological Station, and on the way we will observe uninterrupted flows of birds above us. In the bird ringing station we will see bird catching traps and the head of the station will provide us with information concerning the work here and interesting ornithological facts.
We will be hosted a lunch on the premises of a farmstead. After lunch we will continue our trip northwards from the Ventė Cape to the vast fields adjacent to the Curonian Lagoon attracting migrating birds. Abundant flocks of passerines, geese and swans alluring raptures such as Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Merlins, Northern Goshawk, as well as other birds hunt in the fields.
Having enjoyed a variety of birds here, we will go to fish ponds of Kintai (600 ha). The complex of commercial fish ponds serves as a fast food restaurant for birds: on muddy banks of the ponds waders find abundant food after their long trip, and some of them stay overnight here. 
Among numerous flocks of waterfowl birders may look for Eurasian Wigeons, Gadwalls, Northern Shovelers, Tufted Ducks, Greater Scaups, Common Pochards, Teals. However, one may be most impressed by White-tailed Eagles circling in the sky. In autumn, when nests are already without chicks, families of these bulky raptors gather here and it is a brilliant opportunity to observe several dozens of these broad winged birds on the site.
In autumn, when nests are already without chicks, families of these bulky raptors gather here and it is a brilliant opportunity to observe several dozens of these broad winged birds on the site.
After a long day we will dine at the restaurant Mėlynasis karpis (The Blue Carp) that operates in the premises of the ponds. After dinner we will return to the hotel.


We will take a pre-breakfast walk along the bank of the Curonian Lagoon (optional); breakfast - at 7:30 a.m. 
After breakfast we will check out and transfer to a small port on Rusnė island. On our way we will stop at lake Krokų Lanka to look around in the vast lakeside meadows and the lake. Afterwards we will visit the Aukštumala raised bog. This raised bog became widely known, and still is nowadays, due to thorough explorations by C. A. Weber, a German botanist, who described it and published a monograph on research of bogs in 1902, the first one in the world. We will follow the boardwalk to the wooden observation tower, looking for species such as Great Grey Shrike, Rough-legged Buzzard and counting White-tailed Eagles gliding above.
We will reach the small port of Uostadvaris before lunch and our trip by boat will take us three hours along rivers, canals and bays of the Nemunas Delta, across the lagoon until we disembark in Nida. We will be solely by ourselves aboard and the route chosen will enable us to have a look at the most interesting bird habitats in the delta.
From the boat we will observe flocks of ducks and other birds such as Common Kingfisher, White-tailed Eagles, Herons; the travellers will be offered hot fish soup aboard. Having landed in Nida, a small resort town on the Curonian Spit with traditional architecture
of little timber houses of fishermen, we will eat lunch in a local cafe. After lunch we will check in at the Nerija hotel in Nida (3 nights) and go out to explore the vicinity.
Walking in the town and along the lagoon coast we will observe birds: Woodpecker, Red Crossbill, Caspian Gull. In late afternoon
we will climb the Parnidis dune (nearly 50 m). From the observation platform a spectacular landscape of the Curonian Spit will open in
front of us – a narrow spit of land, a peninsula 100 km long, washed by waters of the sea and lagoon from east and west.
At sunset we will return to Nida where we will dine at the cosy restaurant Nidos Seklyčia on the lagoon coast.
After dinner we will return to the hotel.


Before breakfast we will go to the sea for half an hour to watch the sunrise and starting migration (optional); breakfast - at 8:00 a.m. After breakfast we will set out for a day outside Nida and visit several places of the spit. Our first point of the day will be grey dunes in the Nagliai Strict Nature Reserve. Taking the nature trail across the grey dunes we will observe migration of passerines, and having climbed the top we will admire a unique landscape of the Curonian Spit. From here we will be able to see both banks of the lagoon and admire flocks of flying thrushes.
The Nagliai dune is an excellent site to observe autumn migration of raptors: in some days hundreds or raptors fly past within a couple of hours, including Northern and Pallid Harriers, Merlin, Common Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Northern Goshawk, Rough-legged Buzzard and others.
We will have a picnic in the dunes near Juodkrantė.
After lunch we will visit two fishermen villages situated on the coast of the Curonian Lagoon – Pervalka and Preila. There we will observe waterfowl in the lagoon and walking in the villages we will observe passerines and have an attentive look at garden trees and bushes – here one may find rare guest birds from the North such as Common Chiffchaff (subspecies tristis), Yellow - browed Warbler, Pallas’s and Dusky Warblers. If luck accompanies, we may have an opportunity to see Bush robins – a bird with the highest occurrence registration data in the Curonian Spit in autumnal migration seasons in Lithuania.
Prior to our return to Nida we will visit a runway, no longer used by planes, as this open site at the lagoon coast attracts birds such as Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, individual Woodlarks, hunting Great Grey Shrikes. Birds such as Bearded Reedling and Water Rail may be observed from the birdwatching tower erected in the coastal reed area. On our way back to Nida we will be looking out for moose – they are rather common here and, if fortunate, these big ungulates could appear in a very close distance. In the evening the Kuršis restaurant in Nida will offer a dinner – Lithuanian cuisine. After dinner we will return to the hotel.


Before breakfast we will go up the Parnidis dune, for half an hour, to watch the sunrise above the lagoon and starting migration (optional); breakfast - at 8:00 a.m. 
After breakfast we will set out for a day outside Nida and visit the vicinity of Juodkrantė, a small village. Our first stop will focus on sea birds. Standing on a dune we will observe both small birds and migrant sea birds. During autumn migration numerous flocks of ducks and waders migrate above the sea and along the seaside, with birds such as Velvet and Common Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, Black-throated and Redthroated Loons among them. Sharp-and long-tailed raptors migrate swiftly using rough wind waves; Red Knot, Grey Plover, Sunderling, Bar-tailed Godwit and other birds from the North feed on the sand. We will visit the Juodkrantė Bird Ringing Station located at the foot of dunes and learn about the work carried in it. At night workers of the Station catch owls, sometimes up to 70 individuals of Long-eared Owl are caught within a few hours. 
We will have a picnic near the Station, at the foot of dunes. After lunch we will go to the old forest of Juodkrantė to look for birds including Black Woodpecker, Eurasian Nuthatch, Red Crossbill, Willow Tit and others.
From the forest we will move to the colony of Great Cormorants and Grey Herons. Though the latter stopped visiting the site at this season of the year we may easily find Black Woodpecker in the colony. From the colony of Great Cormorants we will follow the coastal path across a wet black alder forest looking for birds such as Middle and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Nuthatch, Longtailed Tit, as well as others. Before returning to Nida we will visit a unit of the bird ringing station located at the lagoon.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant.


Before breakfast we will go to the sea for half an hour to watch the sunrise and starting migration (optional); breakfast - at 8:00 a.m.
After breakfast we will check out and leave Nida. Our last birdwatching site before we transfer to the continental part will be Kopgalis, the most distant northern point of the spit. A number of species new to Lithuania were found here. Having flied over the sea gate and reached the spit, birds usually land to rest in the bushy area of Kopgalis, thus birders are advised to have an attentive look here. We will walk along the pier to the end of the sea gate looking around for birds such as Eurasian Rock Pipit, gulls, Dunlin and, if lucky, Purple Sandpiper.
We will take a ferry boat to Klaipėda and transfer to southern Lithuania. On our way we will stop at the Raseiniai fish ponds to observe ducks and waders, to look for Tundra Swan. We will have a lunch at the Karpynė restaurant on the pond premises. After lunch we will continue further, with stops to observe flocking birds such as Northern Lapwing and European Golden Plover.
Before sunset we will arrive to the Novaraistis Ornithological Reserve. This wet area surrounded by a sombre wood attracts thousands of migrating cranes each autumn. In daytime these long-necked birds stay in the fields whereas in the evening numerous flocks of these elegant birds in the background of sunset sky fill in the space with trumpeting. Enjoying this view we will have a picnic and after sunset we will go to the hotel in the Nemunas Loops Regional Park.


Early in the morning, before sunrise we will depart for the Punia wood (with packed breakfast and lunch). It will take us 30 minutes to reach the Punia wood, one of the most ancient woods in Europe. The wood located in the Nemunas river loop is important due to a big number of its natural values: a variety of protected species of plants, mushrooms, insects and birds are found here, the age of some oak trees is 600 years. Birds like this ancient wood rich in dead trees.
Many species of woodpeckers are found here: Grey-headed, Black. European Green, White-backed, Middle Spotted, Lesser Spotted and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. In shades of hazel bushes birders may hear whistling Hazel Grouses and screaming Spotted Nutcrackers, in the mornings and evenings – whistling Eurasian Pygmy Owls sitting high on spruces. Throughout the day we will focus on search of these birds. Having returned to Birštonas in the evening we will have a boat trip along the Nemunas river to enjoy autumn colours on the Nemunas slopes. 
We will have dinner at the restaurant Birštono Seklytėlė located at the Nemunas riverside.
After dinner we will return to the hotel.


We will take a pre-breakfast walk along the bank of the Nemunas river and the Birštonas Park (half an hour; optional); breakfast - at 7:30 a.m.
After breakfast we will check out and transfer to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Upon arrival we will visit the Old Town of Vilnius. A professional guide will give us a tour of medieval and interesting streets of the Old Town (1,5 hours), followed by lunch in a cafe.

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