Bird Watching Lithuania in Nemunas Delta National Park
This 7-day Nemunas Delta Birding Tour in Lithuania will take you to the Nemunas Delta Regional Park which is known as a birders’ paradise, during the spring especially. During migrations, spectacular flocks of birds stay here to rest or breed. In spring you can observe up to 100 different species of birds within one day.
During this Nemunas Delta tour, you will have the opportunity to see the unique natural landscapes, local traditions and all-natural wilderness. From wintering guests from the North to earliest migratory birds that are on a rush back to the breeding grounds. Springtime is also good for mammal spotting as trees are still leafless.
From rare Lesser White-fronted geese to European Elk and Beavers, we will make a daily list every evening before dinner, so you can share with your birding pals back home or on eBird. Nemunas Delta in spring will amaze you with vast floodplains and alluvial forests, inland dunes and river variety. You will experience the fifth season – the Flood season and the magic of migration in its full glory.
As experienced ornithologists, we will accompany you throughout the trip, tell you the most interesting facts about the birds you observe, and answer any questions you may have during the trip. We keep the groups as small as 6-8 persons for maximum attention and good mood.
We will stay in our Ecolodge at Minija river shore and we will do short daily trips to the best birding areas just 20-30 min. drive from the lodge or start our boat trip from the pier of the Lodge. We will eat at the lodge homemade meals and try of course local cuisine specialties.
As Nemunas Delta is a very dynamic bird and weather-wise, we will check the forecast and areas prior the day before, so you can experience the maximum for your stay. The Lodge is in the core locations so everyday driving is as minimum as possible and we can be flexible with locations and itinerary for the day will be discussed daily at the dinner table or near the fireplace.
Top 5 Highlights:
- Migratory and wintering birds’ species are on the move this time of the year, while geese, swans and ducks are roosting on the edge of the retreating floodwaters, birds of prey like White-tailed Eagles, Peregrine Falcon, Goshawk, Rough-legged Buzzards and Hen Harriers are looking for easy prey. In mid-April Lesser and Greater Spotted Eagles are back joined by Marsh, Montagu’s, and Pallid Harriers.
- If the weather allows we can try to listen for Eagle Owl, Tawny and even Short-eared and Great Bitterns at the doorstep of the surrounding forests, where Woodcocks are flying over displaying at dusk. Great Bitterns, Swans, and Geese flocks can be heard even from the yard of the lodge all night.
- An early start after breakfast also allows us to spot some local large mammals as European Elk, Red, Fallow and Roe Deer and many Red Foxes, Badgers, Beavers and if lucky Otter, or Pine Marten.
- The boat trip will give us to another perspective of ever-changing Delta and will allow us to get closer to areas unreachable by land. We will visit some of the local birding spots by waterways, starting from our lodge private pier.
- This tour is not only common birding trip, but we added heritage to it as the area have a very unique history and it was known as Lithuania Minor, in the past was part of East Prussia, belonging to Germany. So during the day time when birds are less active, we will visit some museums and participate in local community activities and educational programs, including food degustation and handcraft workshops.
Alternative Tour Name: Bird Observation in Nemunas Delta
Airport pick-up, trip to the Nemunas Delta. Dinner on the way, overnight in the delta at Minija village.
Breakfast, morning birding at Rusnė island, short tour of Rusnė town, sightseeing tour and education programs (fish smoking traditions, traditional boat building, reed cutting, herb picking, fish soup cooking and tasting), evening birding, dinner, overnight stay.
Breakfast, morning boat trip around the Nemunas Delta and returning to the village of Minija (fisherman’s museum, tradition of catching European smelt), lunch on the boat, followed by excursion to Uostadvaris water pumping station, lighthouse. Birding at Šyša polder meadows and Tulkiarage, dinner, and overnight stay.
Breakfast, birding trip around the Nemunas Delta: Aukštumala nature trail, Ventė Cape (ornithological station), bird ringing education, lunch, excursion in Kintai and birding in Kintai forest and surroundings until dinner.
Breakfast, birding trip to Sausgalviai and Žalgiriai forest, return to Šilutė (H. Šojus Manor, educational activities: “Lithuanian culinary heritage”, “East Prussian Customs”, “Staging of Soviet repression”, Šilutė City Museum, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Old Prison, Macikai concentration camp ), birding at the area of Minija and Ventė forest until dinner, overnight.
Breakfast, Inland dunes and Nemunas flooded meadows (If flood conditions allows) and continue the trip to Rambynas Hill to visit Rambynas Regional Park with Old Wedding Staging, Museum Exhibitions, Culinary Heritage, birding in the local woods on the way back for dinner.
Breakfast (or box-lunch), airport transfer.
Wildlife species expected to see:
Whooper, Mute and Bewick’s Swans, Greater, Lesser White-fronted, Barnacle and Brent, Tundra and Taiga Bean, Pink-footed, Graylag and Red-breasted Geese, Smew, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Common Teal and Garganey, Common Pochard, Red-necked, Black-necked, Great Crested and Slavonian Grebes, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Marsh, Wood and Green Sandpipers, Northern Lapwings, Golden, Little and Common Ringed Plover, Common, Great and Jack Snipes, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, Woodcock, Tawny, Eagle, Short-eared and Pygmy Owls, Dipper, Great, Lesser and Middle Spotted, Black, Grey-headed and White-backed Woodpeckers, Wryneck, Stock-dove, Kingfisher, White Stork, Great White Egret, Peregrine and Merlin Falcons, Marsh, Hen, Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers, Great and Lesser Spotted and White-tailed Eagles, Red and Black Kites. If we made the extra effort we can spot also following mammals: Eurasian Elk, Red, Roe and Fallow Deers, Wild Boar, Otter, Musk Rat, Red Fox, Raccoon Dog, Pine and Beach Marten, Stoat, Polecat and Least Weasel, Beaver, Red Squirrel, Badger, American Mink.
What is included?
- All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
- Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
- Professional multi-lingual guides and support staff
- Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
- All meals
- Snacks throughout the tour
- Water throughout the tour
- All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
- Personalised checklists by eBird
- All Applicable Taxes
What is not included?
- All international or domestic airfares
- Visa Fees (if applicable)
- Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
- Airport departure taxes
- Items of personal nature
- If providing binoculars and telescopes for the participants an extra fee will be added prior to the tour.
- Laundry & telephone Charges
- Optional tour extensions where applicable
- Tips & gratuities
- Any other drinks not mentioned above, e.g - Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
- Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
- Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Private Eco lodge during all your stay, no other guests or stuff will disturb you, we use rental van for all the group, or separate cars on additional fee depending on the vehicle type and needed number.
Mostly ground with minibus 8+1, but we plan at least one of the days a boat trip.
6-7 optimal, as we can then use 8+1 Van for all the group.
Sure if requested prior the trip, we can pick you and drop you off at one of the 3 main airports in the country Vilnius (330km), Kaunas (230km) or Palanga (75km)
We are very flexible and as the delta is very dynamic, we might change the itinerary depending on dramatic weather change or bird movement to improve your experience and for all our safety, we will agree about that every time if need to change the route or schedule.
Sure, on extra fee you can have single room. Also we can add extra bed if needed, but we need to know in prior to the start of the tour.
All meals included, also we are very flexible if you have special needs according to your food diet.
March – April is the best time with pick of migration of main target species and you have the chance to experience the fifth season – Annual Flood;
Yes, and No, our tours are very calm and we can visit most of the birding hotspot by the minibus, only if all the group requests we can make short hikes, if everyone is happy with that.
If we know in prior to the tour, we can arrange everything, so everyone can feel comfortable and can reach all our target places and see all the birds and mammals we spot during the tour.
Not strict, but if there are children in the group it has to be a responsible parenting and agreement from rest of the group prior to the tour.
We will have WiFi in the minibus all the time and in the Lodge, but as it is border area you have to put your network selection to manual mode, because it’s very expensive to use Russian internet connection.
We will join many local communities organised workshops and degustation’s and will hire local boat owner for our boat trip, also food is home cooked by local ladies, basically all we offer in the itinerary is local friendly organized.
Yes, you can book extra days prior to the start, if you let us know during tour booking, we will be happy to help.
We are small company and we taking care of your safety, but travel insurance is responsibility for every guest prior to leaving your home country, so make sure you have all needed insurances sort out prior you start traveling for your own safety and enjoyable stay with us.
Are you interested in birds, nature history and heritage? If answer is yes, you are looking at the right place. Don’t forget to put your smile on your face and enjoy the small miracles of the nature.
Yes, but only if children are at least getting in to birding and come with at least one of the parents.
Cancellation You can cancel within 24 hours of booking or up to 30 days before the tour start date to get a full refund. Weather We make every effort to continue, as scheduled with our tours. But sometimes, weather conditions create an unsafe scenario, as a result, a change or cancellation may be the result. Should this happen, we will provide full refund. Tour confirmation Our guides will contact our guests via email 2-3 days prior to the start of your trip. This is the perfect opportunity to let the guide know of any questions or concerns you may have.
If it’s not against our booking policy above, we are happy to refund you at all cost you paid already, or if we all agree we postpone the trip for later dates.
If you have travel insurance you will be easy sorted, if we are still alive and the reason of closing down is not possible to avoid we will make our best to refund you.
Sunscreen, glasses, hat, swimming suite, bottle of water, rain waterproof jacket and a full change of clothes, binoculars, spotting scope and/or camera gear, eBird device and profile so I can easily share our checklists.
Only if you have any really special requirements, but we make sure you get all was included in the price prior the tour. If you need extra snacks or soft drinks during the day just let us know before breakfast. Alcohol is not tolerated during the day, and if you are younger than 21 years by law.
Sure, if you let us know during booking procedure.
Even smallest countryside shops are now accepting credit cards, but it’s always good idea to use ATM on the airport for worst case scenario, so you will have plan B.
Alcedo Wildlife Tours is small company specialist in the area (Lithuania), supporting and cooperating with local community, taking care about the birds (not only in winter) and have best and most up to date information of what and where we can find, especially the most interesting bird species. We are using eco-friendly vehicles and lodges. Friendly and experienced guides, in love with their jobs, are waiting for you. Also local food and accommodation suppliers is our main partners. You will leave us with plans to return, we promise you. Welcome to Nemunas Delta, your Lithuanian Wilderness experts are waiting for you...