Bird Watching sights in Lithuania
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Two exhibitions rooms inside the Ventės Ragas Ornithological Station explain Nemunas birdlife and an observation deck encourages visitors to spot species first-hand. Vytas is a local English-speaking ornithological guide.
This wetland is a twitcher's heaven. Some 270 of the 325 bird species found in Lithuania frequent the Nemunas Delta Regional Park, many rare birds breeding in the lush marshes around Rusnė, including rare black storks, white-tailed eagles, black-tailed godwits, pintails, dunlin, ruff and great snipe. The common white stork breeds like there's no tomorrow in Ventė.
The Arctic-European-East African bird migration flight path cuts through the park, making…
Bar a few fishers' houses and the lighthouse (1862), the main attraction in Ventės Ragas is the Ventės Ragas Ornithological Station, 66km south of Klaipėda at the end of the Kintai-Ventė road. The first bird-ringing station was established here in 1929, but it was not until 1959 to 1960 that large bird traps were installed here.
Today, one million birds pass through the station each migratory period, zigzag, snipe, cobweb and duck traps temporarily ensnaring birds to be ringed. Two exhibitions rooms inside the station explain Nemunas birdlife and an observation deck encourages visitors to spot species first-hand.