The Öjendorfer lake is host to interesting birds that can be hard to find elsewhere in Hamburg, during almost the entire year. It offers easy birding in the middle of Germany's second biggest city and is always good for a surprise. The birdlist at the bottom of this page shows you the birds you can see here.
Access isn't great and a personal vehicle (car, bike, etc. is useful). If you arrive by car you can park near the junction Reinskamp/Driftredder in the south or at Barsbütteler Weg in the east or in the north near Bruhnrögenredder (see the map). If you come by subway you take the U2 till U Steinfurther Allee, then have to walk 2 km towards the north (best use some map). Or you drive to U Billstedt, where you can take one of the buses to "Fuchsbergweg", then you only have to walk a few hundred meters. However these buses are somewhat irregular. The best (and only) ways to explore the lake is by foot or by bike.
Terrain and HabitatLake, Forest, Reedbeds, City/village
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring migration, Winter
RouteUnpaved road, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
Walking the cemetery just west of the Öjendorfer See (Öjendorfer Friedhof) can be interesting too, e.g. for forest species like Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Northern Goshawk and in some winters overwintering White-throated Dipper from Scandinavia.
Other interesting birding spots nearby are the Boberger Niederung in the south (e.g. Wood Lark, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker) or the so-called "Landschaftskorridor Allermöhe" (e.g. Garganey, Common Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit).