The Danish Ornithological Society (Dansk Ornitologisk Forening – DOF) conducted its twelfth annual eagle count over the weekend and reported on Wednesday that for the first time ever, more than 400 eagles were spotted across the country.
A total of 395 white-tailed eagles and 14 golden eagles were observed during the official count, DOF said. The leader of DOF’s ‘Project Eagle’ said the group was surprised to discover the record number, particularly given the current weather conditions.
“During mild periods like this January the eagles and their prey are much more spread out than is the case during icy winters, when the birds of prey gather in fewer locations and are easy to spot and count,” Kim Skelmose said.
“Therefore we did not expect that the count would result in a new record,” he added.
According to DOF, the white-tailed eagle population was nearly non-existent in Denmark for up to a century before making a comeback in 1996.