Winter short weekend January–
Enjoy the northern winter atmosphere with crisp, cold air, snow-covered
landscapes and birds like Hawk–
and Pygmy Owl
. Some years Pine
are available in the area.
offer close encounters on feeding stations in
different habitats. Along the road you encounter birds like
Rough-legged Buzzards, Great Grey Shrike
The itinerary is adjusted to arrival and departure times of Ryanair
flights at closely situated Västerås
. For those who wish to fly at other times we recommend
flying to Stockholm-Arlanda
, just 1 hour drive away.
Arrival at Västerås
Transfer to the Black River Valley with hot drinks and sandwiches
at a Hawfinch
garden feeder along
the way. Other birds to expect on the feeding station include Bullfinch,
Redpoll, Nuthatch, Yellowhammer, Greenfinch, Marsh Tit, Great tit,
Blue tit, Coal tit, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare, Blackbird,
and occasionally Arctic
Of course we spend the last minutes before dusk looking for Pygmy
perched in spruce tree-tops along the route. (It gets
dark around 16:00)
Night & Dinner at Fläckebo
Breakfast at B&B
excursion in the Black
River valley with outdoor lunch. Often the Hawk Owls perch in treetops
or on telephone poles in open daylight, providing good views and
Visit at the forest feeding station for Nutcrackers
and Grey-headed Woodpeckers
birds often show really well and within close distance, providing
excellent views and photo-opportunities.
Other birds at the feeders are Crested–,
and Willow Tits, Bullfinches,
Nuthatches (Scandinavian race), Great tit, Blue tit, Great-spotted
and occasionally Long-tailed
Tits (of the Scandinavian white-headed race).
At dusk we look for Pygmy Owl
also frequent the area.
Dinner & Night at Fläckebo
Breakfast at B&B
We spend the last morning looking for
around lake Fläcksjön. We probe
deeper into the vast taiga forest where
or Hazel Grouse
might turn up along the way.
On request we might revisit the forest feeders for more views of
Crested Tits, Nutcrackers
or any locally abundant
often turn up along the forest roads.
can appear in any garden
in the picturesque, small villages of the valley.
Transfer to Västerås
with second chance to enjoy the Hawfinches
at the feeding station along the route. Departure from Västerås
The journey is a collaboration between
and Karlmark Travel
. (Karlmark Travels holds the travel
warranty insurance that covers this trip)