Four days of summer Birding, Wednesday 19th until Saturday the 22th of July 2017

Marie takes a special interest in waders. Well the wetlands of the Netherlands have enough of those, so we visited the delta and Wadden Sea. She likes observing birds on an easy pace, just enjoying the birds in their habitat. The scenery, the historic buildings like farms and windmills were also worth to visit or to be photographed

Day one we went straight to the Wadden Sea in the North of Holland for there are lots of waders to be seen there. We waited till the tide came in. Greenshank, Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Ringed plover and Eurasian Spoonbill were already close by. Groups of Spotted Redshanks were to be observed within 40 meters, some of them still had their black summer plumage.

The upcoming tide brought us groups of Eurasian Oystercatchers, Bar-tailed Godwits, Dunlins, Common Shelducks and some Red Knots in their red summer plumage. Here we saw a lonely Brent Goose. In a couple of month there will be thousands of them. And of course we enjoyed the typical sounds of hundreds of Oystercatcher and Common Terns. A sound you will never forget.

A new phenomena are the inundated pieces of agricultural land. They work like a magnet on waders and waterfowl. They appear every year on a different spot, but we found one. In beautiful late afternoon light we observed very close by hundreds of Ruff and Lapwings. One could easily study the difference between Wood Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper or Common- and Spotted Redshank. And in late afternoon light the colour of 15 Ruddy Shelducks is at its best!

We paid a visit to a marshland for there was a Little Stint and Little Ringed Plover to be added to the list of waders of Marie Louise. In the surrounding area of the marshland we experienced a very exciting birding moment: a Black Stork among 5 White Storks! The Purple Herons here also did not let us down. In the meadows a gathering of 5 Mediterranean Gulls with 10 fledged chicks among 50 foraging Ruff.

In the right time of the season the province of Zeeland ais the place to be for watching waders. Cruising along the dikes we saw great flocks of Eurasian Curlew and Bar-tailed Godwit on the important refuge during the high tide. Amongst them we found a Grey Plover, Red Knot, Dunlin, Pied Avocet, Eurasian Spoonbill, Little Egret and Black-necked Grebe. On the stone structure of the dams we approach Eurasian Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew and Ruddy Turnstone within meters.

While having our breakfast on the dike of the Wadden Sea, together with the sheep, we had great views on Curlew Sandpipers that still had their beautiful reddish summer plumage. But so had the great flocks of Bar-tailed Godwit amongst the hundreds of Common Shelducks and Eurasian Curlews.

The area of the Lauwersmeer is famous for its number and diversity of waders, especially the recorded rarities. On the borders of the Lauwersmeer we admired an adult White-tailed Eagle in a clear blue sky with snow white cumulus clouds. With the sunlight right through its white tail while it flew straight over our heads. Stunning!

Thousands of waders were to be seen. Lots of Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit and Greylag Geese. We had a very good look on several Little and Temminck's Stints, Little- and Common Ringed Plovers, a Common Snipe and a Marsh Sandpiper! But the jackpot was a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER!!! However, for Marie Louise this wasn’t here highlight. She came for the Black-tailed Godwits and saw it in summer, juvenile and already in winter plumage.

She was astonished by the synchronic flight show of around 500 Pied Avocet due to the White-tailed Eagle that passed by. After 1100 km and 107 species yet another happy birder left our country with the intention ever to come back.

UK NL Latin
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Black-necked Grebe Geoorde Fuut Podiceps nigricollis
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Purperreiger Ardea purpurea
Great Egret Grote Zilverreiger Ardea alba
Little Egret Kleine Zilverreiger Egretta garzetta
Black Stork Zwarte Ooievaar Ciconia nigra
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
Dark-bellied Brent Rotgans Branta bernicla
Ruddy Shelduck Casarca Tadorna ferruginea
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Red-breasted Merganser Middelste Zaagbek Mergus serrator
White-tailed Eagle Zeearend Haliaeetus albicilla
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Northern Goshawk Havik Accipiter gentilis
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Golden-Plover Goudplevier Pluvialis apricaria
Grey Plover Zilverplevier Pluvialis squatarola
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Snipe Watersnip Gallinago gallinago
Long-billed Dowitcher Grote Grijze Snip
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Bar-tailed Godwit Rosse Grutto Limosa lapponica
Whimbrel Regenwulp Numenius phaeopus
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Poelruiter Tringa stagnatilis
Greenshank Groenpootruiter Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper Witgat Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Bosruiter Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Steenloper Arenaria interpres
Red Knot Kanoet Calidris canutus
Little Stint Kleine Strandloper Calidris minuta
Temminck's Stint Temminck's Strandloper Calidris temminckii
Curlew Sandpiper Krombekstrandloper Calidris ferruginea
Dunlin Bonte Strandloper Calidris alpina
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Lesser Black-backed Gull Kleine Mantelmeeuw Larus graellsii
Black-headed Gull Kokmeeuw Larus ridibundus
Mediterranean Gull Zwartkopmeeuw Larus melanocephalus
Sandwich Tern Grote Stern Sterna sandvicensis
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Little Tern Dwergstern Sterna albifrons
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
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
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
Yellow Wagtail Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla flava
Tree Pipit Boompieper Anthus trivialis
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Dunnock Heggemus Prunella modularis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Grasshopper Warbler Sprinkhaanzanger Locustella naevia
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Willow Warbler Fitis Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler Tuinfluiter Sylvia borin
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Redstart Gekraagde Roodstaart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Bearded Tit Baardman Panurus biarmicus
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Treecreeper Boomkruiper Certhia familiaris
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Jackdaw Kauw Corvus monedula
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Huismus Passer domesticus
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus