Spring Birding Tour - Leiden area - April 2015
Guide: Menno van Duijn

We started the day at a local forest after a short drive from the hotel. Some very nice Chaffinches were singing and the males could easily be photographed from a couple of meters. Other songbirds like Redstart, Firecrest, Wood Lark and Wheatear kept a bit too far away from the camera but could be seen just fine with the binoculars.

After that we drove to a lake which is always good for ducks, geese and herons. We first stopped by some meadows to see Black-tailed Godwits, Lapwings, Redshank, Golden Plovers, Ruff, Sky Larks, Yellow Wagtails and a Short-eared Owl. Before we arrived at the reserve we spotted Glossy Ibises, White Storks and Great Egrets foraging in the streams.

The hide at the reserve is ideal to photograph birds flying from on side to the other. So it was just a matter of sit, wait and fire the shutter. The poles that stand in the water are always in use by Black-headed Gulls, Black-tailed Godwits and Common Terns. The beams that float in the water between them are used by Wigeons, Shovelers and Tufted Ducks to rest on.

After we spent about two hours we went to another site near the Hague to check a roosting site of a Tawny Owl which was enjoying the sun. In this park we also spotted Nuthatch, Hawfinch, Sparrowhawk and Treecreeper. We also spent some time at the beach and peer at Schevening to see several species of gulls, Sandwich Terns, Turnstones, Purple Sandpipers and Sanderling.

As we came to the end of the day we visited an small nature reserve and spotted some Water Pipits, Stonechats and heard Water Rails calling from the reed.

  1. Red-throated Diver
  2. Little Grebe
  3. Great Crested Grebe
  4. Great Cormorant
  5. Grey Heron
  6. Great Egret
  7. White Stork
  8. Spoonbill
  9. Glossy Ibis
  10. Mute Swan
  11. White-fronted Goose
  12. Greylag Goose
  13. Canada Goose
  14. Barnacle Goose
  15. Dark-bellied Brent
  16. Shelduck
  17. Shoveler
  18. Mallard
  19. Teal
  20. Gadwall
  21. Pintail
  22. Wigeon
  23. Common Pochard
  24. Red-crested Pochard
  25. Tufted Duck
  26. Smew
  27. Goldeneye
  28. Black Scoter
  29. Sparrowhawk
  30. Buzzard
  31. Kestrel
  32. Water Rail
  33. Coot
  34. Moorhen
  35. Oystercatcher
  36. Lapwing
  37. Golden PLover
  38. Sanderling
  39. Purple Sandpiper
  40. Ruff
  41. Turnstone
  42. Black-tailed Godwit
  43. Redshank
  44. Common Gull
  45. Black-headed Gull
  46. Mediterranean Gull
  47. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  48. Greater Black-backed Gull
  49. Herring Gull
  50. Common Tern
  51. Sandwich Tern
  52. Stock Pigeon
  53. Wood Pigeon
  54. Collared Dove
  55. Tawny Owl
  56. Short-eared Owl
  57. Kingfisher
  58. Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  59. Wood Lark
  60. Sky Lark
  61. Barn Swallow
  62. Sand Martin
  63. House Martin
  64. White Wagtail
  65. Yellow Wagtail
  66. Meadow Pipit
  67. Tree Pipit
  68. Rock Pipit
  69. Water Pipit
  70. Wren
  71. Dunnock
  72. Blackbird
  73. Song Thrush
  74. Fieldfare
  75. Grasshopper Warbler
  76. Sedge Warbler
  77. Willow Warbler
  78. Chiffchaff
  79. Blackcap
  80. Whitethroat
  81. Robin
  82. Redstart
  83. Stonechat
  84. Northern Wheatear
  85. Long-tailed Tit
  86. Willow Tit
  87. Coal Tit
  88. Crested Tit
  89. Great Tit
  90. Blue Tit
  91. Nuthatch
  92. Treecreeper
  93. Jay
  94. Magpie
  95. Carrion Crow
  96. Jackdaw
  97. Starling
  98. House Sparrow
  99. Chaffinch
  100. Greenfinch
  101. Goldfinch
  102. Linnet
  103. Hawfinch
  104. Reed Bunting