The Hanhikivi cape locates alongside the main bird migration route and thus the numbers of migratory birds are extraordinarily high. The number of many bird species is – as far as known – even greater than anywhere else in Finland. Especially numerous species are, for example, many wader species, Bean Goose, Greylag Goose, Common Crane, many raptor species and Whooper Swan, whose number has been counted to be more than 10 000 during the spring and more than 15 000 individuals during the autumn.
More than 200 observed bird species
Many curiosities have been counted in the area, for example Surf Scoter, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Shelduck, Grey Phalarope, Olive-backed Pipit and Hume’s Leaf Warbler.
Tankokari bird tower, on the southern edge of the Hanhikivi cape, is one of the best known bird watching places in northern Ostrobothnia. It has succeeded annually in the bird watching competition of Birdlife Finland.
Takaranta bird area
The northern coast of the Hanhikivi cape, Takaranta, is a nationally valuable gathering and eating place for waterfowl and shorebirds. The aggregates of waterbirds are at best 3000–4000 in spring and 1000–2000 individuals in autumn.
The most numerous species are Mallard, Common Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Pintail, Tufted Duck and Goldeneye. The concourse of Swans has been 300 in spring and 500 individuals in autumn, while that of waders has been at best more than 2000 individuals.
In summer Greylag Gooses with their fledglings appear in Takaranta and stay there during the molting – in the recent years more than 200 simultaneaously