Migration at Hellebæk, North Sealand, Denmark
In this splendid
early spring afternoon with bright sunshine and blue sky in Denmark
we went up to the northern coast of North Sealand to Hellebæk
to look for cranes on spring migration.
(or Hellebaek) is situated a few kilometers west of Helsingore (Helsingør)
and this location for bird observations is at the former military
area of Hellebæk, 2-3 kilometers inland.
is the European common crane species (Grus grus, Danish bird name
trane) we were looking after - the only crane species that are regularly
in Northern Europe.
around 3 p.m. we could enjoy small flocks of cranes flying over
to Sweeden. The cranes are coming from their temporary feeding station
at the German island Rügen at the north coast of Germany and
fly through eastern Denmark on their way to the Scandinavian breeding
grounds. Their next stop is the Hornborgasjön in Sweeden, exact
famous for the resting cranes during spring and autumn migration.
Hellebæk the cranes will normally not arrive before 14 in
the afternoon due to their long flight from Germany. The best wind
direction is east and southeast.
to the cranes behaviour and migration pattern in Germany and Sweeden
the cranes will normally not rest in Denmark. - We have to stay
tuned with our eyes towards the blue sky and look for these beautiful
and graceful birds with their big wings bringing them back to their
area at Hellebæk (full name Hellebæk Kohave and Hellebæk
avlsgård) is designated to be a part of a coming nature park
or national park of North East Zealand and the area is managed by
Skov- og Naturstyrelsen under the Danish Ministry of the Environment.
link to an external webside opens in a new window and lists observations
from Hellebæk of birds, other animals and plants, in english:
Bird observations - in Danish Hellebæk
fugleobservationer you will find the numbers under the Danish
names for cranes: trane and traner.
description of Hellebæk
nature area in Danish and a Folder
with map (in Danish) can be found here.
more than 35 cranes passed Hellebæk, but some days give many
more migrating cranes.
the day also many birds of prey passed by. A total of around 10.000
birds of prey are passing Helebæk every spring, mainly the
common buzzard, and a even higher number of birds of prey pass during
the autumn migration. For pictures
of buzzards from other locations see here.
2. April 2005