Three days of summer Birding tours, Saturday 10th until Monday the 13th of June 2017
Guide: Menno van Duijn en Wouter Teunissen

Day one, the province of Noord-Holland.

After enjoying river cruise along the Rhine the ship of Ruth and Bill docks at Amsterdam. I meet them at 08.30 at the 10th of June for a three day birding tour in The Netherlands. We quickly leave the city behind us and head north to be at Den Oever at 10.00 when the tide is at it’s highest. We arrive well before that and parc the car down the dike. Here we directly spot a female Pied Wagtail. Under the roofs House Martins are building their nests and Swifts fly low over the warm streets.

We walk over the dike where a Yellow Wagtail flies overhead. On top of it are Meadow Pipits catching insects for their young. Hundreds of Oystercatchers and Common Shelducks are resting on the mudflats as do about 50 Spoonbills. All the waders can be found here during their migration are at their arctic breeding grounds but we do find some Dunlin, Sanderling, Bar-tailed Godwits, Ringed Plovers and a Knot.

We walk towards the harbour and see some Linnets, Common Whitethroats and Reed Buntings in the tall grass and reed. As we scan the area we find a Ruddy Shelduck and in the harbour Common Terns are fishing for small fish.

We drive southeast and take a walk in the forest, here we see Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Song Thrush. Along the edge of the open field of reed we see Marsh-, Reed-, Sedge-, Garden-, and Willow Warblers. On the muddy parts along the stream we see a pair of Little Ringed Plovers, Lapwings and Redshanks. In the opening of the forest, covered with dead trees, we see two Cuckoos, one chasing the other away.

We head further south and stop just northeast of Amsterdam. In this small reserve we see many Black-tailed Godwits, Lapwings and Redshanks all should be out in the meadows but these are all cut down killing their offspring. A flock of juvenile Spoonbills are dartling in the air enjoying their freedom.

Day two, from medieval Dutch landscapes to the new manmade land of the Oostvaardersplassen.

Today Wouter joins us as a second guide. We leave at sunrise and are heading to the Fochteloerveen. A former colony in the Netherlands where a lot of peat was collected in the middle ages. After two hours we arrive in the peat moor. This unique area for the Netherlands host breeding Cranes, of which we see seven birds and many other special wildlife. We see and hear half a dozen of displaying Snipes. In the trees around the farms we see Icterine Warbler, Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Sparrows and many White Wagtails. And while looking at a hunting Hobby, a Honey Buzzard flies by, chased by a Marsh Harrier. On top of the small trees many Bluethroats are singing in the bright sunlight exposing their wonderful blue throats while a Willow Tit shows itself beautiful just a few metres next to us.

In the heath covered areas we find Stonechats and Yellowhammers. A pair of Bullfinches fly overhead. In a mowed grass field seven White Storks are foraging on mice that are running for their lives. After the coffee and “stroopwafels” we head northeast to Groningen. Here a new nature reserve resembles how Dutch farmlands looked like before the industrial revolution. The flooded meadows attract Whiskered-, Black- and White-winged Terns, Black-winged Stilts, Eared Grebes, Garganey and many waders. One who’s visited the Biebzra Marshes in Poland would almost say he’s finds himself there.

Half way back we stop at the Oostvaardersplassen. We pull over at the forest towards it and take a walk. High in the trees we hear the Hawfinches but can only see them flying overhead. A flock of Long-tailed Tits pass us by and in the from the willows we hear a couple of Willow Tits singing. At the Praamweg we see 5 Black-winged Stilts, 3 Little Egrets, 5 Great Egrets and a Hobby catching and eating Dragonflies on the wing. At the lookout point we see the White-tailed Eagles with the young on the nest, on a open fields a Red Fox walks to it’s den and in the dead trees some Ravens are on the lookout. At the parking lot we find a large Goat Moth that just came out of the cocoon.

Day 3, local birding in South Holland.

After breakfast we leave the B&B and take a walk in the most posh streets of the Netherlands with enormous villas and gardens in Wassenaar. Here we look for garden birds like Short-toed Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher, Goldcrest Jay, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Great- and Blue Tit. Two Red squirrels steal the show chasing eachother around an oak tree. In the dunes we take another walk and quickly find Crested Tits, more Hawfinches, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Tree Pipit and Marsh Tits. As we are looking at a Stock Dove and Wouter showing some Natterjack Toads we hear the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling, ten minutes later the bird flies over our head but vanishes in the leaf covered treetops.

A very nice Nightingale is busy catching insects on a horse track and a Lesser Whitethroat is also too busy catching insects for his young in a hawthorn. On the lake we see a handful of Red- en Common Pochards, including some nice males and female with five ducklings. We have a nice lunch and with full stomach we head towards Rotterdam. We really pushing our lucks, it’s very windy and the middle of the day, and try to see Little Bittern, Savi’s Warbler and Bearded Reedling…… We spend half an hour and our fear come true, it’s hopeless but we do see some nice Moorhens and Little Grebes. We decide take a walk and as we walk over the dike we suddenly see something flying over the reed with clear patches on his upper wings, LITTLE BITTERN we all scream, a male flies to the other side for not even ten seconds but we all see it with our binoculars! Later we hear the Savi’s Warbler singing for a couple of times and a male Bearded Reedling flies 5 metres over the reed before it disappears again. We close the trip of with a Little Owl that’s taken over a old glasshouse where he sits high and dry looking out of the windows at it’s spectators that just wrapped up the 126th species.

UK NL Latin
Little Grebe Dodaars Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Black-necked Grebe Geoorde Fuut Podiceps nigricollis
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Great Egret Grote Zilverreiger Ardea alba
Little Egret Kleine Zilverreiger Egretta garzetta
Little Bittern Woudaap Ixobrychus minutus
White Stork Ooievaar Ciconia ciconia
Spoonbill Lepelaar Platalea leucorodia
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
Canada Goose Canadese Gans Branta canadensis
Barnacle Goose Brandgans Branta leucopsis
Ruddy Shelduck Casarca Tadorna ferruginea
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Wigeon Smient Anas penelope
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Garganey Zomertaling Anas querquedula
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Red-crested Pochard Krooneend Netta rufina
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Honey-buzzard Wespendief Pernis apivorus
White-tailed Eagle Zeearend Haliaeetus albicilla
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Hobby Boomvalk Falco subbuteo
Peregrine Falcon Slechtvalk Falco peregrinus
Crane Kraanvogel Grus grus
Water Rail Waterral Rallus aquaticus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Black-winged Stilt Steltkluut Himantopus himantopus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Snipe Watersnip Gallinago gallinago
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Bar-tailed Godwit Rosse Grutto Limosa lapponica
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Red Knot Kanoet Calidris canutus
Sanderling Drieteenstrandloper Calidris alba
Dunlin Bonte Strandloper Calidris alpina
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Yellow-legged Gull Geelpootmeeuw Larus michahellis
Lesser Black-backed Gull Kleine Mantelmeeuw Larus graellsii
Black-headed Gull Kokmeeuw Larus ridibundus
Mediterranean Gull Zwartkopmeeuw Larus melanocephalus
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Whiskered Tern Witwangstern Chlidonias hybridus
White-winged Black Tern Witvleugelstern Chlidonias leucopterus
Black Tern Zwarte Stern Chlidonias niger
Stock Pigeon Holenduif Columba oenas
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Cuckoo Koekoek Cuculus canorus
Little Owl Steenuil Athene noctua
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
Kingfisher IJsvogel Alcedo atthis
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Kleine Bonte Specht Dendrocopos minor
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Sky Lark Veldleeuwerik Alauda arvensis
Sand Martin Oeverzwaluw Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Pied Wagtail Rouwkwikstaart Motacilla yarrellii
Yellow Wagtail Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla flava
Tree Pipit Boompieper Anthus trivialis
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Goldcrest Goudhaan Regulus regulus
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Dunnock Heggemus Prunella modularis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Grasshopper Warbler Sprinkhaanzanger Locustella naevia
Savi's Warbler Snor Locustella luscinioides
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Marsh Warbler Bosrietzanger Acrocephalus palustris
Icterine Warbler Spotvogel Hippolais icterina
Willow Warbler Fitis Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler Tuinfluiter Sylvia borin
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Lesser Whitethroat Braamsluiper Sylvia curruca
Spotted Flycatcher Grauwe Vliegenvanger Muscicapa striata
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Nightingale Nachtegaal Luscinia megarhynchos
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Black Redstart Zwarte Roodstaart Phoenicurus ochruros
Redstart Gekraagde Roodstaart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Stonechat Roodborsttapuit Saxicola rubicola
Bearded Tit Baardman Panurus biarmicus
Long-tailed Tit Staartmees Aegithalos caudatus
Marsh Tit Matkop Poecile palustris
Willow Tit Glanskop Poecile montana
Crested Tit Kuifmees Lophophanes cristatus
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Treecreeper Boomkruiper Certhia familiaris
Jay Gaai Garrulus glandarius
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Jackdaw Kauw Corvus monedula
Rook Roek Corvus frugilegus
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Raven Raaf Corvus corax
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Huismus Passer domesticus
Tree Sparrow Ringmus Passer montanus
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Bullfinch Goudvink Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Hawfinch Appelvink Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Yellowhammer Geelgors Emberiza citrinella
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus