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Helgoland’s Birds

For many, the’re the island’s principal attraction.

People have 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, Birds of Helgolandwe would welcome comments here from those who are. Meanwhile, there are some excellent online sources of information we can recommend, such as the Ornithologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Helgoland e.V., or OAG.

Below 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).

The biggest 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.

Information in English is available at the Helgoland Tourism Office website.

Heligoland Birds / Helgoland Voegeln.

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