Experience the Thrush Nightingale – a magical morning on the common

A magical morning at the common

A Thrush Nightingale Tour at Amager Fælled

Experience the Thrush Nightingale and a magical morning at Amager Fælled

Go birding and hear the Thrush Nightingale's distinctive and enchanting song. Experience the magical atmosphere of twilight, and spring and summer's impressive chorus of bird songs, that is heard at dawn. The Thrush Nightingale is one of our most famous and mythical birds. Not least because H.C. Andersen immortalized the Nightingale in the famous fairy tale of the same name. Other poets and writers such as Grundtvig, Blicher, Tove Meyer and Astrid Lindgren have also written about the Thrush Nightingale. The Thrush Nightingale is primarily known for its fantastic song, that, with its whistles, clucks and snarl, is perhaps more distinctive and remarkable than beautiful and melodic, such as, for example, the Blackbird's song! It is also a bird few people have seen. This bird you can experience it in the middle of the city - just a few kilometers from the Town Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen)! As loudly as it sings, as discreetly the Nightingale lives. With its dark brown upperpart, light brown-grey underpart and reddish-brown tail, the plumage is neither conspicuous nor showy. It lives a discreet life most of the time and prefers to stay hidden in the vegetation. So even though the male sings loudly, it is very difficult to catch a glimpse of it - even when you are only a few meters away! But if you just once have experienced the Nightingale singing, on a beautiful summer morning, you remember it as one of the great natural experiences. It's an experience you shouldn't miss out on! If you want to experience the Thrush Nightingale's song, you should go out and listen in May and June. Because it only stays in the country for a short time. It arrives from the beginning of May and already leaves the country again from the end of July. And as the Nightingale itself says about its own song in the adventure - "It does best in the green!" - the Thrush Nightingale must be experienced in nature! Tour description - morning tour On the morning tour we start early - preferably before sunrise - because at that time you can really experience the magical atmosphere when the Nightingale and all the other birds starts singing. We walk at a leisurely pace along gravel paths, stopping several times along the way to listen for birds and experience the impressive morning chorus of birdsong taking shape. We also try to learn to tell the difference between the different species based on their song. In addition to the Thrush Nightingale - the tour's main attraction - we expect to hear a number of common species, such as Blackbird, Song Thrushes, Dunnock, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaffs, and, not least, Common Cuckoo. If we're lucky, we might hear Icterine Warbler - or even Grasshopper Warbler . Tour description - evening tour If you're not a morning person - take an evening tour instead! On the evening tour we start approx. an hour's, to an hour and a half before sunset. We walk quietly and listen to the birds singing at dusk. Along the way, we experience how the birdsong diminishes during the evening, until we only hear the Thrush Nightingale, which continues into the night. We end the trip approx. 30-45 minutes after the sun has set. We expect to hear the same bird species as on the morning walk, but since the singing activity of the birds is usually greater in the morning hours, it will not be experienced nearly as intensely. But it can also be an advantage, as the individual species are easier to hear without their song disappearing in the crowd.

Practical information

Location Amager Fælled (Amager Common), Copenhagen. Period The nightingale tour can be booked in the period from 1 May. - 30th of June. Duration Duration of approx. 2,5 hours. Tour start The recommended time for starting the tour changes throughout the season in line with the rising and setting times of the sun. Nightingale tour - morning: Tour starts between 04:00 - 07:00, depending on the date. We recommend start time before sunrise, but we can start at other times. Nightingale tour - evening: The recommended tour starts is between 19:00 - 20:30, depending on the date. The tour ends approx. 30 - 45 minutes after sunset (approximately 21:30 - 22:30, depending on the date). What to bring

  • If you have binoculars, bring them.
  • Warm clothes. It can be cold around sunrise and sunset, and part of the time we stand still and listen for the birds.
  • Practical footwear. It can be damp and muddy on some of the paths. We basically follow the larger gravel paths, but we might make small detours following footpaths.
Meeting place
Agreed when booking the tour, but it can be, for example, at DR Byen Metro Station, or "the entrance to Amager Fælled" opposite Artillerivej/Axel Heides Gade.

Target group
The tour is for everyone, you don't have to be a birdwatcher to take part. The most important thing is that you want to experience birdsong.

If you are a birdwatcher, the tour is suitable for beginners, for those who want to learn about the songs of the birds or for those who just need to refresh on the songs of the different species.

Registration and contact
Registration is required and is done to kontakt@whynotbirds.com

If you have any questions, send an email to kontakt@whynotbirds.com or text to +45 6140 7176.

Be aware of
No two days are the same when watching birds. Weather, wind and light conditions in particular have an impact on the experience and what you see or hear on the individual trip.

In case of persistent rain or very bad weather, the tour will be cancelled.

from 375 DKK/person

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What to bring

  • Bring binoculars if you have them. It can be arrange to borrwo binoculars (we need to know in advance).
  • Practical footwear and clothing.
  • There will be time for a "coffee break" along the way. Tag derfor gerne kaffe/te og evt. en lille snack med.
  • We recommend that participants bring a bottle of drinking water.
Your birding tour guide will bring a fieldguide and a telescope/spoting scope that tour participants can and experience some of the birds closer or "up close".

Your bird guide

Can you imagine a world without birds? I can't! I have been an avid and passionate birdwatcher from an early age, and therefore have many years of experience in birdwatching. I have extensive local knowledge of the birdlife of Møn and Nyord. That also goes for all the sites where we arrange birdwatching tours. In addition to being a bird tour guide, I also participate in monitoring and ringing of birds. Furthermore, I am a blogger writing about birds and travels. Uffe Damm Andersen

Locality/where

Meeting point/starting point is agreed upon when booking, but will typically be at:

  • DR Byen metro station, or
  • "Amarminostenen" on the west side of the Ørestads Boulevard/Grønjordsvej roundabout (see map below).

Small groups

Always small groups, max. 4 people* on tours. The perfect choice for people who like to travel alone or in small groups with family or friends. *If you are a family of more than 4 people, please contact us for more information.

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