The Phenomenon Starling Magic is a fantastic experience when 100.000 and, yes, even 400.000 starlings dance ballet in the sky over the Ribe Marsh.
The dance of the starlings is dependent on the number of birds of prey and the weather. The optimal conditions would be a relatively quiet and dry evening as well as the right number of birds of prey who are contributing to the creation of the beautiful formations in the sky. On a stormy and rainy evening without birds of prey the starlings dip down to roost in the reeds for the night quite quickly.
In spring and autumn many flocks of starlings are seen to roost in the reeds in the area around Ribe Vesterå. They can also be seen from the bird tower at Ribe Østerå. At Ribe Østerå you can see a rich bird life all year round. Just 10 min. walk from the train station is a disabled friendly bird tower with a fantastic view across the wetland.
When on a Starling Magic tour remember to bring - warm clothes, a hot drink, perhaps binoculars and patience.
The Wadden Sea Centre arrange
Starling Magic tours. See when the starlings dance. Guided tours with a nature guide (ranger). Book in advance, because of limited availablity. Book your ticket online here.
On your own
It is hard to say where the starlings decide to stay for the night. But on this map you can see the most popular places: Lindet State Forest District.
The birds can be seen here
The starlings often move to a new place from day to day and there are more places in and around Ribe, where they might stay.
Ribe Vesterå - Åslyngen
Parking at the lock or along Bjerrumvej.
The bird tower (disabled friendly). Parking at the end of Bøge Allé.
Parking at Kammerslusen.
In connection with accommodation on the island, it is possible to see Starling Magic.
Go on a guided tour and discover a scenery which rightly is said to be Denmark’s biggest nature phenomenon.
The idea is to pique the reader's curiosity. The short stories should be read as an inspiration for a trip out into the countryside.