Denmark’s black sun ☀️

Black Sun Denmark is a nature phenomenon in the marshlands in southwestern Jutland, Denmark, in particular the marsh near Tonder and Ribe, near the border to Germany. Approximately one half an hour before sunset, very large numbers of migrating starling birds (sturnus vulgaris also known as the European Starling) gather here in spring and autumn when they move between their winter grounds in southern Europe and their summer breeding grounds in Scandinavia and other countries near the Baltic Sea.The starlings birds gather in large flocks and form huge formations in the sky just before they decide for a location to roost for the night. The movements of the formations have been likened to kind of a dance or ballet and the bird flocks can be so numerous that they can block the sunset, therefore its name term “sort sol” (Danish for “black sun”).


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