Griffons in northern Denmark – including a Spanish one!

In the last few years Griffon vultures have been turning up in northern Europe in increasing numbers and frequency, and almost every year there are reports from atypical places. This weekend a group of 34 griffon cultures, including a colour-ringed individual from Spain (see photo), was seen in the northern area of Jutland, Denmark (Års, Nordjylland). With the closest known breeding site more than 1500 kilometers away, the species remains a rare vagrant in the country.


The birds were first recorded on Friday 24th when they landed near a pig farm, suggesting they were able to locate a potential food source. The farmer then provided them with food (2 pigs). Around 75 people gathered to watch the birds.


Among them there was 9TP (yellow ring), a 2013 wild born bird that entered a rehabilitation center in northern Spain (Aragón region). It was released back to the wild on 1st  October 2013 in Alquezar municipality, also Aragón region (Huesca province).


Griffons are able to fly over great distances, all over Europe (and outside). By carefully checking the birds, birders have been able to read several rings or markings. With that information the origin of the birds can be found. Most of the observed birds in northern Europe have an origin in the Pyrenees, but also birds from Italy, Croatia and Bulgaria have been reported.


Photo: Gerner Majlandt





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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Dirk Raes (Tuesday, 28 June 2016 20:30)

    check European colour-ring Birding and find

  • #2

    Søren Ulrich Thomsen (Sunday, 27 January 2019 09:39)

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    Der var mellem 4-500 mennesker hverdag de griffons var her. og det var ikke kun fugle wacter for at se dem. Stor sentiation. 19 dage senner blev den ringmærkede set i de Italienske Alper.

  • #3

    Søren Ulrich Thomsen (Sunday, 27 January 2019 09:41)

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    There were between 4-500 people everyday the griffons were here. And it wasn't just birds wacter to see them. Great sentiation. 19 days of sighting became the ring-marked set in the Italian Alps.

  • #4

    Søren Ulrich Thomsen (Friday, 15 November 2019 13:50)

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