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Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus ©Ashley Beolens Website

With 1.7 million inhabitants, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and one of the 16 German federal states. Economically and culturally, Hamburg is also the centre of Northern Germany with a metropolitan population of 3.5 million people. With 755 square kilometres, the city area is seven times larger than Paris and over twice as large as London. Some 14% of the city area is made up of green spaces and recreational areas providing a number of different habitat forms for urban birds.

The city has more than 160 breeding bird species with an annual average of 4000,000 breeding pairs. In addition many migrants visit Hamburg on passage or use the city and its environs as a stopover. This is fostered by a diverse landscape (marsh, sandy coastal moorland, low-lying river courses and freshwater mudflats. Some 8 % of the city area consists of nature reserves, 28 in all, of which 8 are designated EU SPAs. Recent successes have been the resettlement of a Peregrine Falcon pair on a city cooling tower and the occupation of a giant crane facility by a large colony of House Martins.

Useful Information

State Bird

Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus


Federation of German Avifaunists (Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten e.V. - DDA)


The Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten e.V. (DDA) is an umbrella organisation for all German avifaunists. The website contains a wealth of information about the DDA and its monitoring programmes. Here you will find advice and information on bird registration and recording projects, some initial results and completed publications, details of competent local contacts or up to date avifaunistic information and schedules.
(translation by David Conlin translations@david-conlin.de)


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Boberg Depression Nature Reserve

Satellite View

Near Hamburg

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.


State Bird Observatory Hamburg - Arbeitskreis an der Staatlichen Vogelschutzwarte Hamburg


Ornithological Working Group – Welcome to our homepage with information on the working group at the State Ornithological Station, Hamburg…

Other Links

The Hamburg Geese Site


Walter Marbes' local patch is the Alten Süderelbe in Hamburg where he observes Greylag, Canada and Egyptian Geese They are joined by the Nordic Whitefronts and Bean Geese in winter…