As I said in my previous article, I had one week of holiday in the middle of October. I wrote a short summary, gathering information about accommodation and transport, I thought it could be useful if someone wanted to travel in the area. You can find it here. There’s also a map of my peregrination.
After visiting Aarhus, I took an early train to Esbjerg, where I arrived at 9.30. It was sunny, windy and quite chilly, and I soon started to bike in the direction of Blåvand, to find the bird station and meet some birders. Google Maps had told me it should take me two hours, so I was quite enthusiastic. Alas, it quickly turned out that, heavily loaded as I was, in such an adverse wind, it would take me much longer. Luckily, I had downloaded a GPS app on my phone, so I did not get lost on the way (not too much, at least). After three sweaty hours, I reached Oksbøl. My room was not ready yet, but I could leave a bag at the hostel. I travelled lighter to Blåvand (one more hour), where I met two birders. They told me about the species that had been seen recently in the area, the species that one could expect in Denmark during winter… interesting talk, but I wanted to go out and see some of those. Black, White-winged and Surf scoters, three American and Siberian species, had been spotted in the vicinity! Alas, alone and without a scope, I could not spot anything besides Velvet and Common scoters, but that was a start. I enjoyed the beach, took some pictures and went back to Oksbøl, to get a well-deserved rest.
When I discovered that Sólstafir was to give a single concert in Denmark this autumn, and that this would not be in Copenhagen, I was very disappointed. True, I had seen them in Helsinki last year, but this performance was not associated with kind memories: the acoustic had been awful all evening long, and the audience quite disrepectful, so since then I had longed for their come-back. I vaguely envisioned traveling to Aarhus for this concert, but it was on Monday, so I forgot about this idea… until the day I discovered that week 42 was a week of holiday at DTU. All of a sudden, this trip became really feasible! Therefore, before going on a bike expedition to south-west Jutland, I spent a afternoon and an evening in Aarhus. Follow the guide!
Last week-end, I went to Hellebæk again, hoping to see more migrants. Alas, the day was foggy, both in Copenhagen and in the north of Sjælland, but I still expected to see interesting things. While I was biking in the mist along Utterslev Mose, on my way to the train station (this time I paid a ticket for my bike!), I noticed a lot of birds singing. When I arrived at the meeting point I was greeted by Vicky and her father, and they told me that, although the weather was bad, there was an important bird activity in the area. Good!