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Just after 09.15 I meet Lindsay at Leiden Central train station where we look over the Jackdaws, Starlings, Herring- and Black-headed Gulls feeding on people's breakfast left overs. From the car we see a migrating flock of about 50 Fieldfares.
At a field where we hoped to see Lapwings we see Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Mallard and Wigeons in a stream but no Lapwings here, we see the flock later along the way but can’t stop because of the traffic. A sheep is lying on it’s back and we help the poor thing back up her feet. A Grey Heron chases of a Great Egret and scare away all the Black-headed and Common Gulls.
We arrive in the dunes but have to concentrate us to the pine covered area because of the strong wind. As we step out of the car we immediately hear various calls of songbirds that move by in a flock. We see Blue, Great, Marsh and Crested Tits joined by Gold- and Firecrests. We have splendid views on a female Greater Spotted Woodpecker on a dead tree. We hear and see e crossbill flying overhead and by the look and “deeper” call we identify it as a Parrot Crossbill (which are in the area for a couple of weeks).
At the lake we see many Coots, Gadwall, Mute Swans and some Little Grebes but due to the wind and rain the other birds probably looked for more sheltered areas. Another Birding Netherlands guide (Wouter Teunissen) found a Pallas' Leaf Warbler two days earlier and we are lucky to connect with the bird, as do about 25 other birders. Here we also have nice views of a Goldcrest next to the warbler. And just after that we see a Chiffchaff actively chasing Blue Tits and Robins. On a smaller lake we see Tufted Ducks, Common Pochard and a Great Crested Grebe looking for shelter from the strong wind.
Next stop is the harbour of Scheveningen but beside some Turnstones, Oystercatchers and Great Cormorants it’s rather empty. We setup the telescope out of the wind and in a half hour of seawatching manage to see Northern Gannets, many Herring and Greater Black-backed Gulls, a Red- and Black-throated Diver.
After getting all the sand out of our eyes and ears we drive to a “bird lake” and on our we scan the flocks of geese in the fields which all are Greylag, Barnacle and Canada Geese (maxima and minima subsp.) We just talk about that we haven’t seen any birds of prey when we see a Common Buzzard and just after that we see another from the car but that slightly looks different. As we get it in our binocular it turns out to be a Rough-legged Buzzard!
The pond next to the car park is always good for Kingfisher but as soon as we find it, he flies off into the forest before we can get it into the scope. We decide to come back later for another try and first visit the lake. Here we see a flock of 25 Bewick's / Tundra Swans. We walk to the other side and two Snipes fly out of the cover. From the lee side we see thousands of Wigeons, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard and Tufted Ducks hiding for the wind behind the reed. Here we have a better view on the swans that started calling to each other. Just behind this group we see two female Goldeneyes. A flock of Redwings and Fieldfares look for worms on a part of recently cutted reed. As we walk back to the carpark we hear a Water Pipit and we have luck with the Kingfisher which we see flying by and perched to a couple of seconds.
The last stop is at a Long-eared Owl roost and we are just in time to see three birds flying out into the twilight. On our way back to the train station we see the silhouette of a White Stork on the nesting pole going to sleep here being the 68 bird species we've seen today.
|Red-throated Diver||Roodkeelduiker||Gavia stellata|
|Black-throated Diver||Parelduiker||Gavia arctica|
|Little Grebe||Dodaars||Tachybaptus ruficollis|
|Great Crested Grebe||Fuut||Podiceps cristatus|
|Northern Gannet||Jan-van-Gent||Morus bassanus|
|Great Cormorant||Aalscholver||Phalacrocorax carbo|
|Grey Heron||Blauwe Reiger||Ardea cinerea|
|Great Egret||Grote Zilverreiger||Ardea alba|
|White Stork||Ooievaar||Ciconia ciconia|
|Mute Swan||Knobbelzwaan||Cygnus olor|
|Bewick's Swan||Kleine Zwaan||Cygnus bewickii|
|Greylag Goose||Grauwe Gans||Anser anser|
|Canada Goose||Canadese Gans||Branta canadensis|
|Barnacle Goose||Brandgans||Branta leucopsis|
|Mallard||Wilde Eend||Anas platyrhynchos|
|Common Pochard||Tafeleend||Aythya ferina|
|Tufted Duck||Kuifeend||Aythya fuligula|
|Rough-legged Buzzard||Ruigpootbuizerd||Buteo lagopus|
|Water Rail||Waterral||Rallus aquaticus|
|Ruddy Turnstone||Steenloper||Arenaria interpres|
|Common Gull||Stormmeeuw||Larus canus|
|Great Black-backed Gull||Grote Mantelmeeuw||Larus marinus|
|Herring Gull||Zilvermeeuw||Larus argentatus|
|Black-headed Gull||Kokmeeuw||Larus ridibundus|
|Stock Pigeon||Holenduif||Columba oenas|
|Collared-Dove||Turkse Tortel||Streptopelia decaocto|
|Long-eared Owl||Ransuil||Asio otus|
|Greater Spotted Woodpecker||Grote Bonte Specht||Dendrocopos major|
|Rock Pipit||Oeverpieper||Anthus petrosus|
|Song Thrush||Zanglijster||Turdus philomelos|
|Palla's Leaf Warbler||Pallas Boszanger||Philloscopus proregulus|
|Long-tailed Tit||Staartmees||Aegithalos caudatus|
|Willow Tit||Glanskop||Poecile montana|
|Coal Tit||Zwarte Mees||Periparus ater|
|Crested Tit||Kuifmees||Lophophanes cristatus|
|Great Tit||Koolmees||Parus major|
|Blue Tit||Pimpelmees||Cyanistes caeruleus|
|Short-toed Treecreeper||Taigaboomkruiper||Certhia brachydactyla|
|Carrion Crow||Zwarte Kraai||Corvus corone|
|House Sparrow||Huismus||Passer domesticus|
|Parrot Crossbill||Grote Kruisbek|