Bird watching trip report


Introduction

Attending a seminar in Copenhagen and I checked-in to the hotel the day before the seminar started. It had been raining all day long so it did not look good for any birding. But the rain stopped, still gloom and grey for long as I could see. And the area around Crown Plaza Copenhagen Tower didn´t look like there would be any birds.

But I decided to give it a go and I left to explore the area.


My Guide

No Guide required to walk around the hotel area


Land transportation


• Walking around the hotel

Accommodations

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Tower, paid by Maersk Tankers as I am attending a seminar. The area look quite exciting if you walk 15 minutes from the hotel. A lot of green areas and 15 minutes to walk to Amager nature area. But this time it was raining so I didn´t feel like going for any long expeditions.

Weather

Denmark in Autumn, could be summer and it can be winter, or anything in between. In the South I hope to have sunshine and the summer in good progress. And I might be lucky Skåne and Öland and I can walk around in shorts and shirt. But it can as well be winter and I need to pack a lot of clothes this time.

And coming to Skåne and Öland I might be lucky and I can walk around in shorts and shirt. But it can as well be winter and I need to pack a lot of clothes this time.

Copenhagen - Climate & Temperature
Pictures from www.climatemps.com

Copenhagen - Climate & Temperature - Click picture for full size picture
Pictures from www.climatemps.com


Equipment

Canon 5D Mk. III and Canon 5D Mk. IV
Canon EF 28-300/3,5-5,6 L IS USM
Canon EF 70-200/2,8L IS II USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens
Canon Speedlite 600EXII-RT flash
Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II
Panasonic HC-W585 video camera

Sound recorder
ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder


References/Resources

BIRDING SITES IN DENMARK - An excellent page and IN ENGLISH! On this page you will find a number of links to birding sites in Denmark, region by region. The link "Birding sites in Denmark" leads to a Google map showing the whole of Denmark with all the sites marked.

DISCOVER GREEN PLACES IN COPENHAGEN - Copenhagen Green is your guide to 100 green places in the city. From small, intimate spots to the amazing harbour baths and the wild, natural scenery on the outer edges. Use this online guide to discover the best things to see and do in and around Copenhagen – and enjoy our route planner that will get you to your destination in no time.

Birdforum.net - Copenhagen area

Watching birds in Denmark – Wild About Denmark

Birding Copenhagen - Notes from a Brit living and birding in Copenhagen.

About birds and birding in Denmark! - Netfugl.dk

ebird - Find birding hotspots with bird checklists from all over the world

Avibase - is an extensive database information system about all birds of the world, containing over 25 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information for 12,000 regions, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages

Cloudbirders - Read birding trip reports from all over the world

Fatbirder - linking birders worldwide... Wildlife Travellers see our sister site: WAND


Fatbirder is a fantastic web page with information from, I think every country in the world. My first stop when I plan for my bird watching trips. There is information about locations and guides, well, pretty much everything you need to know. Sometimes this is the only place I need to visit to plan my trip.

BirdingPal - find a birding Guide around the world

BirdingPal


And the web page you cannot live without. I have been around the world looking for birds. I usually have a Guide, but sometimes it is not possible to find a Guide. So, well, I have lost count onhow many times I have had help to ID birds at BirdForum. Joining this forum have been very very good for my bird watching experience.

www.birdforum.net

ClimaTemps.com is the place to learn about the worlds climates with more than 4000 locations documented. Each aspect of the climate is represented using colour enhanced tables and professional graphs so that data can easily be compared by switching between locations in different tabs in your browser.

Collins Bird Guide

The Collins Bird Guide is a field guide to the birds of the Western Palearctic.

Its authors are Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström and Peter J. Grant, and it is illustrated by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström (with two plates of North American passerines contributed by Larry McQueen). It has been described as "undoubtedly the finest field guide that has ever been produced", and "the last great bird book of the 20th century".

It was originally published in Swedish and Danish in 1999, and in English in hardback in the same year, and later in paperback. A large-format English edition has also been produced, as has a German and Dutch edition. The first edition was translated to 14 European languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch and German.

A second edition, revised and enlarged, was published in January 2010. A series of updates and corrections were made in 2015, with no change to the edition number.

The cover of the first edition, in all formats, depicts a barn owl. On the second edition, this was replaced by an arctic tern.

Collins Bird Guide
Cover of the first edition
Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15538546


Eleven pages of introductory material are followed by the book's main content: 366 pages of text and colour paintings. The text for each species gives brief status notes, followed by a section detailing identification, and concludes with a section on voice. Accompanying most species accounts is a small colour map showing breeding, wintering and migrant range.

The guide is also available as a paid-for app, for iPhone and Android devices. The app includes all of the text and images from the print edition, as well as audio recordings. Additional data can be bought separately; the first such package being a set of distribution maps for 271 species, from the British Trust for Ornithology's Bird Atlas 2007–11.

All versions cover Europe, North Atlantic islands, much of North Africa and the Middle East.

Most of the species covered in the main part of the guide are regular breeding, wintering or migrant species in its area of coverage, although some vagrants are also included. There are additional sections giving brief accounts of (a) vagrants and (b) introduced breeding species and species recorded only as escapes.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Many bird watchers around the world know this book simply as “The Svensson”




Places to visit

I will just check out the area around the hotel on Amager. Strange, back in the days I booked hotel that was close to the bars. Now, when old I look for green areas around the hotels.


Bird checklist

I never use any bird lists, but since I try to make it in to Cloudbirders. A very helpful site when planning your birding trips. And if I use their service, of course I want to contribute as well.

Well, my bird watching trip reports was rejected. I posted 2 that was rejected. So I started to take ideas from the reports I found on Cloudbirders. They have Bird checklists so I will put them here but they will not be used as bird checklists. I will post my birds on eBird and on my different “BIRDS THAT I HAVE OBSERVED” pages.

But the list can come in handy to find out the local name of the bird etc. And Avibase have a list with pictures and sounds, excellent!

So I will post bird checklists here and if my Guides provide me with checklists I will also post them here.

Cloudbirders


Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World

Danish bird checklist from Avibase, click HERE

Avibase is providing you with bird checklists from all over the world. And I´m impressed by their web page. Select country and area and you get the bird checklist. Like the PDF files I got from Avibase on the links above. You also get the checklist with pictures and sounds.

The best part is that you get the local names of the birds and the online checklist gives the names in English plus the language you have selected. But it seems like the PDF cannot handle some alphabet.

For example the Japanese language so it is blank in the PDF checklist. But it worked excellent with Swedish. But you get them in the local language on the online version.


Bird list

I only listed birds I have got on picture before I started with eBird in November 2019. Now I record all the birds that I can identify. Before that see the DAY TO DAY reports and my lists of observed birds in different countries.

My eBird checklists can be found HERE


Report

Bird watching in Copenhagen
Today´s track

Arriving to Copenhagen International with train from Sweden and my hopes to go for bird watching was not very high. It was cold and windy with an annoying drizzle. And I just missed the shuttle bus to the hotel so I had to wait for 30 minutes. I bought a bag of MAX and I sat on a bench at the bus stop waiting, surprisingly enough, time passed very quickly and I was soon on board the bus.

I was at the hotel 15 minutes later and it was about 0% chance for any bird watching today. Checking in and I was soon enjoying a MAX in my room. Looking out the window with hope for the rain to stop. I liked the room

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
My room at Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
My room at Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
My room at Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

I could see that the rain stopped from my window and I left my room. Still gloomy and grey and it was for sure not looking like there would be any birds around the hotel. More like a construction site, but walking 15 to 20 minutes’ walk and it looked like huge green areas. But I did not want to get too far away if it start to rain again. And it looked to be start raining any second.

I walked around the hotel and I crossed a road following another building. On the other side I came to a walk/ bicycle track. The track followed a stream and between the track and the stream there were bushes and small trees. Plenty berries and I could hear birds and I walked along the track looking out for birds.

Bird watching in Copenhagen
My hopes was not high for any birds in this area

Bird watching in Copenhagen
My hopes was not high for any birds in this area

Bird watching in Copenhagen
My hopes was not high for any birds in this area

Bird watching in Copenhagen
I was very pleasantly surprised and happy to find a birding area

I was very pleasantly surprised and happy to discover the birding area. I spotted a group off Blackbirds flying around in the bushes. I spotted several Great Tits. I managed to get a picture of a juvenile male (Born this year in the summer) Common Blackbird in the bushes.

I walked towards south on the walk/ bike track and it looked to start to rain any second, but I was lucky. It is not possible to see the stream from the walk track as the vegetation is very dense. There was a few openings in the vegetation along the way and I went out to the water to look for egrets and other exciting birds.

Bird watching in Copenhagen
It was a kind of beautiful area

Bird watching in Copenhagen
It was a kind of beautiful area

Bird watching in Copenhagen - Common Blackbird
Juvenile male Common Blackbird

Bird watching in Copenhagen - Great Tit
Great Tit

Bird watching in Copenhagen - Great Tit
Great Tit

Bird watching in Copenhagen - Great Tit
Great Tit

It was gloom and grey and no good lighting so I had to use a crazy ISO speed but I was happy with some of the pictures I managed to get. When I started there was a lot of Great Tits in the bushes and when I was half way down the walk/ bike track the Great Tits disappeared and now it was a lot of Blue Tits in the bushes.

There was enough food for them as the bushes were red from berries, something the blue Tit like to eat.

Bird watching in Copenhagen
Our hero

Bird watching in Copenhagen - Eurasian Blue Tit
Eurasian Blue Tit eating

Bird watching in Copenhagen - Eurasian Blue Tit
Eurasian Blue Tit eating

Bird watching in Copenhagen - Eurasian Blue Tit
Eurasian Blue Tit eating

Bird watching in Copenhagen - Eurasian Blue Tit
Eurasian Blue Tit eating

Bird watching in Copenhagen
Walking south on the walk track

Bird watching in Copenhagen
It was a kind of beautiful area

Bird watching in Copenhagen
Reaching the road at the end of the walk track

Bird watching in Copenhagen
View from the bridge

Reaching the road and I discovered Amager Nature Park on the other side of the road.

AMAGER NATURE PARK
A number of the capital’s biggest natural attractions are linked together in Amager Nature Park. It has everything from savannah, dense woods and salt marshes to bird-rich lakes and canals with frogs and snakes – all just a few kilometres from City Hall Square.

THE AMAGER NATURE CENTRE
Just five minutes’ walk from Vestamager Metro, a wilderness awaits – or at least the next best thing. West Amager, or Kalvebod Common, is the sort of natural area rarely found so close to the heart of a metropolis like Copenhagen. In less than 15 minutes, you journey from the downtown urban jungle of the city centre to a real savannah.
From http://www.kobenhavnergron.dk


I would really have liked to cross the road to explore Amager Nature Park but it was getting late and as we´re in the autumn it is getting dark early. So I turned around starting to walk back to the hotel following the walk / bike track. I spotted more Woodpigeons and I spotted several Common Magpies.

And of course, several Blue Tits eating berries and they looked to enjoy the food.

Bird watching in Copenhagen
Common Magpie

Bird watching in Copenhagen
Pigeon on the other side of the stream

Almost back at the beginning of the walk track at the bridge over the highway and I see two Herring gulls sitting on top of a light post. I took a few pictures and the gulls took off scared by my camera. It was one adult and a gull born in the summer of 2018. Thanks to www.birdforum.net for help to determine the age of the birds.

Bird watching in Copenhagen
Herring gull
Adult on the left hand side and right hand side, born in the summer of 2018

Bird watching in Copenhagen
Herring gull
Adult on the left hand side and right hand side, born in the summer of 2018

Bird watching in Copenhagen
Herring gull
Adult on the left hand side and right hand side, born in the summer of 2018


eBird

eBird Report


Ørestad - Crown Plaza Copenhagen Towers, Region Hovedstaden, DK Sep 29, 2019 15:15 - 16:53
Protocol: Traveling
3.29 kilometer(s)
7 species

Mallard 2
Common Woodpigeon 8
Herring Gull 3
Common Magpie 5
Eurasian Blue Tit 12
Great Tit 6
Eurasian Blackbird 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60207121



Back at the hotel and I had my dinner and I was in bed at 8 o´clock. The seminar start tomorrow and we will be busy for three days and I fly home on Thursday. And we can click HERE to find out if my flight make it all the way to Bangkok.


Bird watching trip report


       
                  
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Jiffy (also jiff)

noun [in SING.] informal a moment: we'll be back in a jiffy.

ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
So I put a “Next” button here and I hope that there isn't any problem to understand how to use that one. So just CLICK the “Next” button on your left hand side and you will be on the next page in a jiff!

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E ni Svenskar och inte förstår Engelska så ska ni skämmas. J och Björn, med det menar jag inte att alla mina stavfel ska ältas varje gång vi träffas.

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