Birds on Læsø

Photo: Læsø Turist- og Erhvervsforening

With its very varied nature, Læsø is also an eldorado for birds. What you as a guest first notice are the birds along the coast, where there is a throng of life all year round. Ducks, geese, swans, terns, gulls and waders can be seen here and often at very close range.

Changes in bird life

The fact that Læsø is a young and dynamic island means that there are constantly changes in nature, and thus also of bird life.

The forests have now reached an age where the trees are so large that in recent years there have been buzzards and herons as new breeding birds on Læsø, birds with a size and behavior that makes them visible and easily recognizable.

It is different with the crane, which is also a relatively new breeding bird on Læsø. It used to be a very shy bird, but has changed behavior so it tolerates people closer. This means that it is relatively easy to get a look.


Where, what and when?

The following are examples of what can be seen at some of the good locations on Læsø. Let it be an inspiration to seek experiences for yourself.

Horneks Odde is a really good locality all year round. In addition, binoculars have been set up so that you can get the experiences up close. In mild winters, beach damage, large rain sparrows and barnacle geese are seen. As spring progresses, all the more common shorebirds (cormorant, eider, shorebird, splinters and topped shellfish) can be seen here but also the dwarfs and mud claws are common. In the summer, it is one of the few places where sharpeners are regularly seen. Autumn is reminiscent of spring, with a swarm of birds, only with the difference that the many young birds make determination more difficult. Finally, there is virtually a seal guarantee all year round, the many large stones are exquisite resting places for harbor seals and, if you are lucky, gray seals.


Kirkefloden - The stick is, until the ice closes the area, an incredibly bird-rich area. Here you can see all of Denmark's ducks, terns and waders in large numbers. Park the car or bike at the car park at the end of Søndre Strandvej and go for a walk, it will be an unforgettable experience.


The dune plantation can be highly recommended as a hiking destination on a quiet warm evening in early summer. The large population of breeding woodcocks and with a little luck also night ravens can be seen and heard here with their distinctive mating flight and call.


And then of course there are the Rønnerne, Bløden Hale and all the other good places --- Go out and experience them! Good trip.


By Jan Kjærgaard