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Birdwatching in Finland’S Western Siberian Taiga

The Nordic country of Finland is part of the "Fennoscandian" region in the northern part of Europe bordered by Sweden, Norway, Russian, and the Gulf of Finland to the south. Finland is part of the Boreal Kingdom, which was noted by botanist, Ronald Good, to be a specific floral and faunal ecosystem within the Eurasian and Arctic area. Polar holidays to study and watch the birds of the high, arctic regions of Finland are an excellent way to get a first hand understanding of some of the 248 bird species this unique and beautiful ecosystem has to offer.

Heading high into the edges of the western Siberian taiga forest will allow you to encounter what is known as a biome of forested wetlands, which are densely populated with birch trees. During polar holidays to this region of Finland you can seek out the native owls and the migrating birds which come to this area during the summer months to take advantage of its large insect population.

Owls - Polar holidays to the western Siberian taiga forest provide a chance to see some of the species of owls that call this area home. While most owls are nocturnal in nature, there are a few that can be seen hunting and moving about during the day as well. The Eagle Owl, Great Grey Owl, Hawk Owl, and the Tengmalm's Owl all live and hunt in the forested area of the western Siberian taiga. The world's largest owl, the Eagle Owl, can be seen in these parts of the world hunting small mammals, while the small Tengmalm's Owl, or Boreal Owl, is an unsociable bird and is often only seen at night. One of the few owls that does prefer to be awake and active during the daylight hours is the Hawk Owl, which preys on moles and small birds and usually stays within its breeding area. The Great Grey Owl may look familiar to many people; also known as the Ghost Owl, this large bird has famously played a role in the Harry Potter movies as Weasley's owl, Errol.

Migratory Birds - With a huge variety of birds calling the area of the western Siberian taiga their home, polar holidays to the region are an excellent way to experience the migratory birds that come here to breed, nest, or hunt. One of the large birds that you may have the opportunity to see, that is native to Finland, and is the national bird of the country, is the Whooper Swan, which is among the heaviest flying birds in the world. Heading into the birch forests will enhance the chances to see the Capercaillie, the largest member of the Grouse family that is native to this region. The best time to seek out the Capercaillie is during its mating season, where the males have an elaborate display that involves a four part call, display of its wings, fanned tail feathers, and elaborate posturing.
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