Migration of birds at Blåvandshuk
Every spring and fall thousands of geese, ducks, shorebirds, seagulls and terns are forced to navigate around the most western point of Denmark, Blåvandshuk.
It is therefore only natural that one of the country’s oldest stations for bird watching, Blaavand Observatory and Ringing Station, resides here. The station contributes to the important collection of data concerning the birds’ annual movements and also performs ringing for the Museum of Zoology. The birds are collected in nets that are being checked every half hour. Each captured bird’s age and gender is then determined before it gets a ring around its leg and is set free again.
When the wind is favorable big flocks of songbirds can sometimes be heard among the more than 340 different kinds of birds that passes the lighthouse at Blåvandshuk every year.
- Blaavand Observatory and Ringing Station has existed since 1963 and is among the oldest and most experienced in the world.
- The station’s observations take place half an hour before sunrise and last for three hours.
- The age and gender of all the temporarily captured birds are getting determined before they are released again.
Blåvandshuk Fyr, Fyrvej, 6857 Blaavand.