Cormorant & Heron Colony

Top choice bird sanctuary in Juodkrantė

Just south of Juodkrantė is Lithuania’s largest colony of grey herons and cormorants, observed here since the 19th century. Wooden steps lead from the road to a viewing platform where the panorama of thousands of nests amid pine trees – not to mention the noise of the 6500-strong colony – is astonishing. Fisherman blame the cormorants in particular for reduced catches, but both species are protected.

Cormorants arrive in early February (herons a little later) to pick and rebuild their nests. By May chicks are screaming for food. Starlings, thrushes, warblers, and grey, spotted and black woodpeckers can also be seen here.