Birding places of Parikkala and Saari

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Birders diary

Text © Hanna & Janne Aalto



Sammallampi is like small Siikalahti. Species are pretty much the same like in Siikalahti, but the area is so small that the list of species is not that big. Northern side of Sammallampi there is a birdtower.
From main road 6 take road to Kolmikanta. Drive about kilometer and there is a sign "Lintutorni" right. Leave the car to the other side of the road near the antenna to the parking places. Next to cutted woods gous a track down to the tower.
Breeding birds at Sammallampi are for example Bittern, Whooper Swan, Marsh Harrier and Spotted Crake.
Rarest birds have been Montagus's Harrier, Savi's Warbler and a flock of Azure Tits.


Rautalahti is just next to main road 6. It is about 7 km North (towards Joensuu) from Parikkala. On the place there is a big parking place on the other side of the road and on the other side there is small bay where the tower can be seen.
Rautalahti is like a small lagoon because of the railroad. Rautalahti is as its best in spring when many ducks and swans are staying on the bay. Sometimes Bewick's Swans can be seen with Whooper Swans. In June the place is really good for several nightsingers.


Särkisalmi is a link between to parts of a Lake Simpele. There is always small area which won't get frozen in winter and in spring bigger area melts quickly so it collects lots of waterbirds. Also later in spring many migrants, for example swallows arrive at Särkisalmi first.
Särkisalmi can be found easily because it is next to main road six and almost in the village of Särkisalmi. Car can be left to the big parking place next to main road. Climb carefully (!) to the other side of railroad and you can see the birds.
Later n spring Särkisalmi is a good place to watch arctic migration. Ducks, Geese and sometimes Skuas and Waders should be seen.
The best place to watch migration is on the Northern side of bay. Turn to the village and after couple of hundred meters turn left just after the railroad.
Rarest birds ever in Särkisalmi have been a flock of 3 different Eiders and a flock of Avocets.


Pohjanranta is a bay of Pieni Rautjärvi. From main road 6 about 1,5 km North from Akonpohja take a cross to Tarnala and then take the first cross right. Leave the car to the cross. Before the second farm leads a track to the birdtower.
Pohjanranta is a good place to find many waterbirds but also waders.
Some of the rarest birds have been Great Spotted Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, Pallid Harrier, Long-billed Dowitcher, Terek Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper and Great Snipe.


Tarassiinlahti lays in Mikkolanniemi and it is a bay of Pieni Rautjärvi. From main road 6 about 1,5 km North from Akonpohja take a cross to Tarnala. At Tarnala turn right towards Mikkolanniemi. The birdtower is on the coastline. There is just a small area where car can be left.
The bay is surrounded by nice farlands. There is a wide view from the tower, so the place is good also for migration watching. At spring there is a good selection of waterbirds and waders.
Rarities: Pallid Harrier, Great Spotted Eagle, Marsh Sandpiper etc.


At Akonpohja on the coast of Suuri Rautjärvi there is also a birdtower. From mainroad 6 take the Southernmost cross to Akonpohja village. Then take the first road towards the school. After the school take the turn right and after some hundreds meters you can find the parking place right. The tower is 100 meters from the parking place.
Rarities have been Great White Egret and Steller's Eider.


The new really high tower to Vaaranmäki was build couple of years ago.
The tower situates over a high hill near the Saari church. It can be foubd easily, just follow the Saari kko -signs. Car can be left to the grave yards parking place. Then just take the track up to the hill.
The views are really great, so the place is ideal for raptor watching. Steppe Eagle, Great Spotted Eagle, Black Kite and Pallid Harrier have already been seen from the tower. Also good numbers of migrant raptors have been counted. The place should be good also when arctic migration is going.

Kumpu viewtower

Kumpu viewtower is an old bordertower that has now moved to a good migration way.
The view from the tower is really nice and you can see really far to all directions. A couple of kilomtres to north-east there opens the big Lake Pyhäjärvi.
The tower can be found by turning from Kumpu village to Lentteentie-road. Soon there is a sign (kyläkota/lintutorni) which tells that the sandroad on your lefthandside leads to the tower.

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