many, the’re the
been coming to the island to view the many species and their behaviors
since just after the turn of the 20th century. Given that we aren’t
birding experts, we
would welcome comments here from those who are.
Meanwhile, there are some excellent online sources of information we
such as the
Ornithologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Helgoland e.V., or OAG.
is a photo of a
sign placed on Helgoland
by the Verein
Jordsand Zum Schutze der
Seevögel und der Natur e.V. identifying
birds which can be seen on the island:
Dreizehenmöwe (Black-legged Kittiwake, Rissa
tridactyla), Eissturmvogel (Northern Fulmar, Fulmarus
glacialis), Basstölpel (Northern Gannet, Morus
bassanus), Tordalk (Razorbill, Alca torda),
and Trottellumme (Common Murre or Guillemot, Uria aalge).
draw for many, aside from the chance to take a pleasurable boat ride to
an unusual island, is the duty-free shopping in town. There’s
a limit to what you can bring back to the mainland, but the savings on
a small number of purchases can more than offset the cost of the trip.
English is available at the Helgoland
Tourism Office website.