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It's just before seven as I enter the hotel in Eindhoven to pick up Louise for a guided birding tour in the Biesbosch. On our way we see a pair of White Storks walking in the field looking for frogs, mice and worms joined by some Blue Herons. Other typical roadside birds are Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Rook en Wood Pigeon.
After an hour of driving we arrive at the site, as soon as we step our of the car we hear Cetti's and Sedge Warblers singing. In the recent developed wetland we see Avocets, Spotted Redshank, Black Tern, Mediterranean Gull and Black-tailed Godwits. A view on the Osprey nest with the scoped shows both birds present at the nest. Here we also see Litte Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail and our first Common Swifts.
One of the target species is the Savi's Warbler. Although it's very windy we find three singing males in a strethc about 200 meters long. As we continued our walk we hear and see singing Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Nigtingale, Grasshopper Warbler and Garden Warbler. Sadly the Bluethroat doesn't want to cooperate.
Back at the car we drink some warm tea and coffee with the dutch cookies called "stroopwafels". At the next site we see two Dark-headed Wagtails (M.f.thunbergi) and a dozen Greenshanks, suddenly three pairs of Garganey suddenly landed right in the same spot!
We have lunch at the Biesbosch Museum and with a full stomach we're going to look for the other target species: White-tailed Eagle. 20 years ago a rare bird in the Netherlands but now we have more then 5 breeding pairs. We take a walk into the area where they are often seen and after ten minutes we see one flying over our head. At this site we see more Gargany, Gadwall, Teal and a female Redstart.
De Biesbosch is a large marshland in a river delta connected to the sea, due to this the waterlevel is influenced by the tide. When we started this morning it was low tide so there where many mudflats for the waders to forage. We returned to the site where we started and find a Bar-tailed Godwit and two Knots, one in full summer plumage, a nice way to end the day.
Beside the cold and windy weather we where able to see 74 species of birds.
Great Crested Grebe
Litte Ringed Plover
Greater Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull