OULO, (Oulo)

00o00´/00o00´ N/A ha m, 
January (5th-7th January)


Birding Site Guide

Following the purchase of cheap tickets from Ryan Air (less than £10 but more for airport tax) a small group of us headed to Finland for some ticks. Most birds were seen at garden feeders in Oulu (unless otherwise stated), which is in the west of Finland on the north-eastern edge of the Gulf of Bothnia. The main attraction being the northern species not found in Britain such as Azure and Siberian Tit (Azure Tit is rare here and was a twitch, and we were helped by a local birder who we had arranged to meet), Pine Grosbeak and the owls. As a bonus we twitched a Dusky Thrush at another place. 

We briefly birded 2 other much more southernly sites: Pori and Tampere, with the species seen there shown on this list. 

Birds seen

  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
  • Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
  • Ural Owl Strix uralensis Tampere
  • Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa Tampere
  • Goldcrest Regulus regulus
  • Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus 100+ Oulu, 300+ Pori
  • Dusky Thrush Turdus naumanni Pori
  • Siberian Tit Poecile cincta
  • Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus
  • Azure Tit Cyanistes cyanus
  • Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris
  • Hooded Crow Corvus cornix
  • Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator
  • Crossbill spp Loxia
  • Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea
  • Eurasian Siskin Carduelis spinus Tampere
  • Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula


  • Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

Author: Andy Marshall