Ural owl fledgling. Marjo Pihlaja
Which species of birds do foreign birdwatchers find most interesting? Forest owls are perhaps the most wanted group: Eagle Owl, Hawk Owl, Pygmy Owl, Ural Owl, Great Grey Owl and Tengmalm's Owl. Also other forest birds, such as Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Black Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Siberian Jay, Parrot Crossbill and Two-barred Crossbill are among the local attractions. Species with Eastern range are often on wish lists: Thrush Nightingale, the occasional Lanceolated Warbler, River Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Nutcracker, Scarlet Rosefinch and Rustic Bunting. Moreover, some Central Finnish breeding species are mainly seen in non-breeding plumage elsewhere, e.g., Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver and Brambling. Also such species as Smew, Willow Grouse, Spotted Crake, Corncrake, Crane, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and Waxwing are for most birders something to tell home about. (Some of the species mentioned are rare, and the most can only be observed, if ever, at a certain time of year.) If you visit Central Finland and need help with planning a bird trip here, or you would like to have some company, you are welcome to contact the Central Finland Bird Club (e.g. Harri Högmander, harri.hogmander[at]jyu.fi) for tips.