Southern and Northern Lithuania are highly attractive areas for many iconic birds of the boreal region. Dzūkija National Park covers a vast area with a predomination of Western Taiga forests, numerous lakes, natural meadows and various types of bogs including Čepkeliai Strict Nature Reserve and Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve. This is an ideal environment for Capercailie and other grouse, along with some woodpecker and owl species. The next destination is Birzai forest; also well known among birders as the paradise of owls and woodpeckers. Both sites are also rich with mammal fauna. Thus, early spring is one of the best seasons to visit Dzūkija National Park, Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve Birzai Forest and their surroundings, to meet and experience wild Lithuanian nature at its best.
Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) – Eugenijus Drobelis
Ural Owl, Pygmy Owl, Tengmalm’s Owl, Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Hazel Grouse, Three-toed Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, White-tailed Eagle, Goshawk, Common Crane, Great Grey Shrike, Nutrcacker. There is also the posibility to view many species of mammal: Moose, Roe Deer, Red Deer, Racoon Dog, Red Fox, Badger, Mountain Hare, and also perhaps the footprints of Wolf and Lynx.
Day 1 Arrive from Vilnius to Merkinė
Day 2 Dzūkija National Park
Day 3 Dzūkija National Park
Day 4 Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve
Day 5 Biržai and surroundings
Day 6 Birzai forest
Day 7 Departure from Vilnius (Lithuania) or Riga airport (Latvia)
Period: March / April
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Group size: 7-14 persons
Price: 1200 Eur per person
Eugenijus Drobelis, Marius Karlonas, Armandas Naudžius