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White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla ©Gerd Rossen Website


This Federal State of Germany lies to the north of Brandenburg, and is bordered on the east by Poland and in the north by the Baltic Sea (Ostsee). In the south of the State are gentle wooded hills and the many large lakes of the Müritz National Park. The remainder of the State is largely flat except for some tall coastal cliffs on the island of Rügen. As with the neighbouring State of Brandenburg, there are extensive forests, and many wetlands with rivers, lakes, fishponds, polders, and coastal marshes. In addition to the wide variety of birds that are attracted by this diverse habitat, the Baltic coast attracts many wintering sea duck.

The sandy shores and coastal marshes are an attraction for large numbers of migrating waders. In winter the visiting water birds include divers, particularly Black-throated, Whooper Swan, and geese, mainly Brent, Barnacle, Bean, Greylag and Whitefront. Slavonian Grebes and very large flocks of sea duck, sometimes in thousands, collect offshore. They include Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Eider, Scoters, Goldeneye, Smew and other sawbills.

In the polders are colonies of Black-necked Grebes and all three marsh terns. Several sites have breeding Black and Whiskered Terns and a variable number of White-winged Black Terns.

Raptors are well represented. White-tailed Eagles breed and numbers increase in winter. Of particular interest are Lesser Spotted Eagles. They breed in the forests and along the river valleys. Although there are a few in Brandenburg, most of the German population is in this region. Ospreys and both Red and Black Kites are summer visitors in good numbers.

Breeding passerines are similar to those in Brandenburg, with Golden Oriole, Thrush Nightingale, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Icterine, Barred and River Warbler and in addition there are a few Greenish Warblers along the coast. Bluethroats and Rosefinches favour the surroundings of wetland sites and the coast.

Recently a guide to the best birding sites in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has been published: 'A Birdwatching guide to North East Germany and its Baltic Coast'. It describes more than 70 major sites and has colour maps and photographs, and details of habitats, access and species.


Useful Reading

'A Birdwatching guide to North East Germany and its Baltic Coast'

by Roger White | 155 Pages | 70 major Sites Covered - Available directly from the author: roger.white4@virgin.net

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ISBN: 9780957169517

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Useful Information

Experience nature

See: http://www.mecklenburg-vorpommern.eu/cms2/Landesportal_prod/Landesportal/content/en/Holidays_and_Recreation/Experience_Nature/index.jsp or http://tinyurl.com/2jmogt A well-structured lead in to the environmental part of the state portal with detailed links to all nature reserves and the like.

State Bird

White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla


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)

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Ornithological Association


As a Baltic coastal state, with Germany's equivalent of the English Lake District, it is home to a great variety of birds including White Stork, Osprey, Common Crane and is the extreme western edge of the Lesser Spotted Eagle's breeding range…

NABU - Parchim – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Local ornithological group with local birding information and weather report updated 3 times a day


Abbreviations Key

"Whale Island” (Insel Walfisch) Nature Reserve


Satellite View

Since 1977, Rolf Nessing has voluntarily invested much of his time in the conservation team managing this seabird island and nature reserve on the Mecklenburg Baltic coast near Wismar… Email: RONES@t-online.de

Mueritz National Park


Satellite View

Bird tours and cheap hostel accommodation in the National Park (in English)

Guides & Tour Operators

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Birding tours in Mecklenburg and Poland

Tour Operator

Organised tours of the National Parks in the Northeast of Germany and Poland…

Trip Reports

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…


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.

2010 [12 December] - Hans Schick - Birdwatching in Usedom


From December 29 – 31, 2010 I spent 3 days in Usedom, the second largest island of Germany. This trip was not devoted to bird watching, but for a short end of year holiday with my wife. Hiking tours along the beach between Bansin and the German-Polish border were impressive. Due to the strong winter the beach was covered by ice and snow, but seabirds were rare…

2011 [12 December] - Hans Schick - Birdwatching in Rügen


From December 28, 2011 – January 02, 2012 I spent 4 days in Rügen, the largest island of Germany. This trip was not devoted to bird watching, but for a short end of year holiday with my wife. All birds observed during hiking tours along the beach between Binz and Prora, as well as on hiking tours in the Nature Reserve Granitz and around the lake Schmachter See were registered for this report…


Universität Rostock


Institute for Biodiversity Research – general & specific zoology – catalogue of birds in the zoological collection…

Other Links

Germany Birding


Birdwatching in Berlin and East Germany - This website will provide information and advice for visitors to Berlin and the east of Germany. The area covered is bordered by Poland in the east, and the Baltic sea in the north. Berlin is within the State of Brandenburg. North of here is the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Baltic coast and islands. In due course I will be posting Trip reports, and news of recent sightings. See information page for bird guides to the region...