Amsterdam Schiphol airport layover Wednesday 06 September 2017

Mike and Nicole from California had a layover on Schiphol Amsterdam. Despite the jetlag they just wanted to see and enjoy some birds. Although the majority of our summer birds are on migration and the weather is getting more and more unpredictable, we experienced a very nice birding day. We visited the Nieuwkoopse Plassen which is only half an hour drive from Schiphol.

Heavy rainfall in the morning changed into beautiful Dutch skies with sunshine and huge clouds but still a lot of wind. Perfect light conditions for identifying larger birds because most of the songbirds were hiding in the reed because of the wind.

We concentrated on the mudflats and enjoyed the waders like Green- and Common sandpiper and Northern Lapwing. Forty-four! Eurasian Spoonbills are of course a very exciting observation for an American birder.

Ducks and geese were the target birds. To see great flocks of Greylag goose, which is there park bird, in their natural habitat is of course a surprise to them. Well we have seen hundreds of them and other wildfowl like Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Shovelers, Tufted Duck, Teal, Common Shelduck, Barnacle Goose and so on. In the couple of hours we had to spend we saw 49 species of birds.

UK NL Latin
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Great Egret Grote Zilverreiger Ardea alba
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
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Wigeon Smient Anas penelope
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Golden-Plover Goudplevier Pluvialis apricaria
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Green Sandpiper Witgat Tringa ochropus
Common Sandpiper Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Lesser Black-backed Gull Kleine Mantelmeeuw Larus graellsii
Black-headed Gull Kokmeeuw Larus ridibundus
Stock Pigeon Holenduif Columba oenas
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Yellow Wagtail Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla flava
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Huismus Passer domesticus
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus