29 April 2016 half day Oostvaardersplassen and 30 April full day Noord Holland

On 29th and 30th April 2016 I (Maarten Wielstra) guided an American lady to ‘be where the birds live’ as she said beautifully. We didn’t try and find as many birds as possible, but just enjoyed all encountered birds and nature together, while having good talks about all important things in life.

The famous national Park named ‘Oostvaardersplassen’ was visited on a half a day tour first, especially for birds combined with great scenery. The second and full day of birding, was to the northern parts of the province of Noord-Holland, with shorebirds being our main target. The Oostvaardersplassen-tour was marked by rain, wind and cold temperature, while the second day was dry and mostly sunny, although the cold wind still kept us staying in the car for most of the time.

Walking around would probably give us far more species, but a list of 97 and my guest still being healthy and happy, are things I can’t complain about! We certainly had great scenery views and saw some nice large groups of shorebirds! And we even saw more and more beautiful bulb fields as my dear guest had seen during a bulb field tour a few days earlier! For me personally, the birding highlight was finding an adult White-tailed Eagle in its breeding habitat, while looking out for it being at a famous spot for this species. Also, the several thousands of Bar-Tailed Godwits, Grey Plovers and Dunlins together in one group at the Noord-Holland east coast are memorable.

Together we loved dreaming away while staring at typically Dutch situations like a slowly grass eating cow, a bulb field farmer at work and the morning sun lighting up the all green endlessly stretched out landscape like if it were an old painting in a museum! It’s almost needless to say an old windmill was in the center of it.

1.Great Crested Grebe

2.Great Cormorant

3.Grey Heron

4.Little Egret

5.Great Egret

6.Spoonbill

7.Mute Swan

8.Greylag Goose

9.Canada Goose

10.Barnacle Goose

11.Dark-­bellied Brent

12.Shelduck

13.Gadwall

14.Teal

15.Mallard

16.Shoveler

17.Common Pochard

18.Tufted Duck

19.Greater Scaup

20.Marsh ­Harrier

21.Hen Harrier

22.White-tailed Eagle

23.Sparrowhawk

24.Buzzard

25.Kestrel

26.Water Rail

27.Moorhen

28.Coot

29.Oystercatcher

30.Avocet

31.Black-Winged Stilt

32.Lapwing

33.Grey Plover

34.Ringed Plover

35.Little Ringed Plover

36.Black­-tailed Godwit

37.Bar-­tailed Godwit

38.Whimbrel

39.Curlew

40.Spotted Redshank

41.Redshank

42.Greenshank

43.Ruddy Turnstone

44.Red Knot

45.Dunlin

46.Ruff

47.Common Gull

48.Greater Black-­backed Gull

49.Herring Gull

50.Lesser Black­-backed Gull

51.Black-­headed Gull

52.Sandwich Tern

53.Common Tern

54.Wood Pigeon

55.Collared Dove

56.Green Woodpecker

57.Greater Spotted Woodpecker

58.Common Swift

59.Sky Lark

60.Sand Martin

61.Barn Swallow

62.House Martin

63.White Wagtail

64.Yellow Wagtail

65.Meadow Pipit

66.Wren

67.Dunnock

68.Blackbird

69.Song Thrush

70.Sedge Warbler

71.Reed Warbler

72.Grasshopper Warbler

73.Willow Warbler

74.Chiffchaff

75.Blackcap

76.Whitethroat

77.Lesser Whitethroat

78.Robin

79.Nightingale

80.Common Redstart

81.Bluethroat

82.Stonechat

83.Long-tailed Tit

84.Great Tit

85.Blue Tit

86.Jay

87.Magpie

88.Jackdaw

89.Carrion Crow

90.Starling

91.House Sparrow

92.Tree Sparrow

93.Chaffinch

94.Greenfinch

95.Goldfinch

96.Linnet

97.Reed Bunting