Heidkate Strand is at its best during the winter and spring. Large groups of diving ducks such as Common Eider , Common Scoter and Long-tailed Duck are feeding and resting off the beach. While Purple Sandpiper can be found in suprisilngly large numbers moving between the breakwaters. Dunlin, Sanderling, Rock Pipit and Water Pipit can be found on the beach and the breakwaters, too. Gulls and other waterfowl can be seen in this areas as well. Black-throated Diver (Arctic Loon) and Red-throated Diver can be seen offshore.
A lot of passerines are moving along this part of the coast during spring migration. Some of them rest in the bushes and small woodlands behind the dunes.
To get a good look at the birds on the beach and the breakwaters an early visit before most beach visitors and their dogs have arrived is recommended.
Difficult to reach with public transport. Several parking lots around, cost a parking fee during the summer months.
Terrain and HabitatBeach, Sea, Dunes
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonWinter, Spring
Best time to visitWinter, Spring migration
RoutePaved road, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Can be nicely combined with visits at Bottsand and Barsbeker See