Birding National Pac De Biesbosch Saturday 22 April 2017

Guide: Rein Genuit

Savi's Warbler singing in the National Parc De Biesbosch, photo Rein Genuit

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.

  1. Great Crested Grebe

  2. Blue Heron

  3. White Stork

  4. Spoonbill

  5. Mute Swam

  6. Greylag Goose

  7. Canada Goose

  8. Barnacle Goose

  9. Tufted Duck

  10. Teal

  11. Garganey

  12. Mallard

  13. Gadwall

  14. Pintail

  15. Shoveler

  16. Osprey

  17. White-tailed Eagle

  18. Marsh Harrier

  19. Buzzard

  20. Kestrel

  21. Coot

  22. Oystercatcher

  23. Avocet

  24. Lapwing

  25. Litte Ringed Plover

  26. Black-tailed Godwit

  27. Bar-tailed Godwit

  28. Whimbrel

  29. Redshank

  30. Spotted Redshank

  31. Greenshank

  32. Knot

  33. Greater Black-backed Gull

  34. Lesser Black-backed Gull

  35. Herring Gull

  36. Black-headed Gull

  37. Mediterranean Gull

  38. Common Gull

  39. Common Tern

  40. Black Tern

  41. Wood Pigeon

  42. Common Swift

  43. Greater-spotted Woodpecker

  44. Skylark

  45. Sand Martin

  46. Barn Swalllow

  47. White Wagtail

  48. Yellow Wagtail

  49. Dark-headed Wagtail

  50. Meadow Pipit

  51. Blackbird

  52. Song Trush

  53. Cetti's Warbler

  54. Sedge Warbler

  55. Grasshopper Warbler

  56. Savi's Warbler

  57. Reed Warbler

  58. Willow Warbler

  59. Chiffchaff

  60. Garden Warbler

  61. Blackcap

  62. Robin

  63. Nightingale

  64. Redstart

  65. Northern Wheatear

  66. Magpie

  67. Jackdaw

  68. Rook

  69. Carrion Crow

  70. Starling

  71. Chaffinch

  72. Greenfinch

  73. Goldfinch

  74. Reed Bunting