Stop 5 of the BTX Tour - Skagen: species to expect
Many seabirds prefer to use the coast as guidelines during migration. These birds can also be observed at Skagen in high numbers both in spring and autumn. The seabird species involved are divers, fulmars, cormorants, gannets, scooters, skuas, gulls, terns and auks.
A total of 367 birds species have been recorded at Skagen. This is the largest number of birds species that are recorded in any location in Denmark. The many vagrant bird species observed at Skagen has come from origins as the Mediterranean, Siberia, Asia and North America.
Among the first records for Denmark found at Skagen are: Crag Martin, Bonaparte`s Gull, Black-winged Kite, Fan-tailed Warbler, Caspian Stonechat, Cinereous Bunting, Marmora´s Warbler and Mourning Dove.
Regularly rare birds species includes White-billed Diver, Balearic Shearwater, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Snowy Owl, Bee-eater, Subalpine Warbler, Rose-coloured Starling and Little Bunting.
Long-term observation with a spotting scope is essential monitoring migrating seabirds.
Pin-pointing raptors with a spotting scope is used to record age and sex on individual birds.
About the author:
Knud Pedersen is a birdwatcher and bird photographer from Skagen. He has monitored the bird migration at Skagen since the 1970s. He is a member of the Danish Rarities Committee running for more than 25 years.
Morten Jenrich Hansen is a birdwatcher and ringer. He works as assistant at Skagen Bird Observatory.