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Black Sun in Denmark

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Category: Nature
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
When: 1 Mar - 15 Apr 2017
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During spring in Denmark, at approximately one half an hour before sunset, flocks of more than a million European starlings (sturnus vulgaris) gather from all corners to join in the incredible formations shown above. This phenomenon is called Black Sun (in Denmark), and can be witnessed in early spring throughout the marshlands of western Denmark, from March through to the middle of April. The starlings migrate from the south and spend the day in the meadows gathering food, sleeping in the reeds during the night.

The phenomenon can be seen in several places in Denmark, but you’ll find the largest gatherings of starlings around Tønder Marsh in southern Jutland. There is no way to say precisely where the birds will perform their twilight ritual. They may move from place to place. It’s best to visit the marsh with a nature guide or on a group tour.

Black Sun occurs twice a year – from the middle of March to early April and again from the middle of September to the middle of October. During the season, the activity starts about an hour before sunset and continues for about 20 minutes.

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