Enrum Dam

By Peter Petersen

April

Bank vole (Myodes glareolus) in Danish: Rødmus. This species is diurnal and I often see them from March. Especially during the first spring month they will be easy to spot because the vegetation is only sprouting. 

Bank vole's (Myodes glareolus) are very social and in the early spring you will see great number sunbathing. You hear them disturbing the dry leaves in the forest floor.

Their red color makes these mammals blend perfectly in with their surroundings. This Bank vole (Myodes glareolus) stayed completely still while I was observing and shooting photos.

The Bank vole's (Myodes glareolus) are fast and light on their feet. This was had been down drinking water in the lake. 

The Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) can live for up to 11 years. In Danish it is called: Stor Flagspætte.

The Great Tit (Parus major) is very common in Denmark. This species is called: Musvit in Danish. 

A  Eurasian treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) collecting nesting materials in April. This species is called: Træløber in Danish. 

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) is called: Gråstrubet Lappedykker in Danish. I noticed them feeding on tadpoles, salamanders and insects.

The Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) is one of the most common birds in Denmark. It is called: Blishøne in Danish. I often observe them feeding on aquatic plants, algae, snails and mussels.

Another very common species here is the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos). In Danish it is called: Gråand. 

This is a female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) This duck lays 8-13 eggs on alternate days. Incubation takes 27-28 days and fledging takes 50-60 days. Ducklings normally hatch from April and forward in my experience.

Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) or Munk as it is called in Denmark. Seem to feed mostly on small insects and spiders.

A singing Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) is a beautilful sign of spring. In Danish this is called: Sangdrossel.

In the early spring the Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) seem to feed mainly on earthworms, snails and buds.

 

I rarely see the Violet Oil Beetle (Meloe violaceus) This species is called: Blå oliebille in Danish. They breed from April. You can see part of their mating behavior in the video above.  

May

The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) is called: Skovskade in Danish. 

Notice how different the Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) can look depending on light and condition.

The Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) is called: Halemejse in Danish. This species is normally only here during winter and late spring.

The Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) is very common here all year around.

The Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris).

The Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) is normally mating in May.

This pair of Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) is preparing to make a nest. In the beginning they place nest materials on each others back. 

The Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) is called: Snog in Danish. This is one of only two snake species found in Denmark. The grass snake is the most common one.

The Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) is called: Grå fluesnapper in Danish.

This is a female Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla).

Same female Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla).

The European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) is also present here. This species is called: Broget fluesnapper in Denmark.

The male of the European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) is very distinct.

The Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) is called: Kernebider in Danish. This species feed mainly on tuff seeds and buds.

The Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) is a common bird here.