Target birding: Red-breasted, Lesser White-fronted and Tundra Bean Goose
Thursday 25 January 2018
Guide: Marko Oudenaarde

Tundra Bean Goose (archive)

I picked up Jonathan from Rotterdam The Hague Airport the 25th of January for a few hours of Birding around Rotterdam. Johnathan was interested to see some of the wintering geese which can be seen in the area. The Lesser White-fronted Goose and the Red-breasted Goose where on the top of his list. The Tundra Bean Goose would be a nice extra.

After a delay and a 40 minute drive around the city, we arrived around noon at the polders of the Oudeland of Strijen. This is the place where every winter a small flock of Lesser White-fronted Goose can be found. The polders where full of Barnacle Geese in the fields we saw groups of thousands of geese. The hard job was to find the one Red-breasted Goose between them, which was seen a several time in the week before. We dind’t succeed to find the needle in the haystack.

Next thing was to find the Lesser White-fronted. Difficulty with these birds is that we know they are there but they manage to disappear between the higher parts and the ditches in the fields. Luckily I knew in which field I had the most success before. After some searching and excluding the bigger White-fronted Geese, we finally found the head of one Lesser White-fronted pointing out just over a little bump. We checked the ring around the eye and where sure we saw one. And then there was number two, and three!

We finally managed to see seven different birds on the same time, so number one from the wishlist was found. After some extra time searching for the Red-breasted Goose we decided to go to the polders of the Alblasserwaard.

The field in the Alblasserwaard where I saw a group of Tundra Bean Goose the day before was empty. Luckily we found a group of around 80 Tundra Bean Goose in a field 500 meters away. After we ticked the second bird of the wish-list, we only had a half an hour left.

We could have another try for the Red-breasted, or have a short walk in a little forest where a group of Redpolls was seen in the week before. We decide to go for the Redpolls.In the forest we directly saw some Long-tailed Tits and a flock of Fieldfare. But no other birds. Time was running out, but we had the feeling we had to push a little further.

In the forest we saw some spectacular damage caused by the storm some days before, but no birds. Until a small groups of birds flew over our heads. To fast to identify, but enough to get us allerted.A larger group of birds was foraging in the top of the trees. And yes we could see some Redpolls in the group, together with EuropeanGoldfinches and Siskins. The total group was around 50 birds, but it was hard to count the different species. They never sit still.

Walking back to the car we discovered another group of Tundra Bean Goose in the field and found out a group of swans in the distance were the ‘normal’ Mute Swans.While stuck in a little traffic jam in Rotterdam, Jonathan managed to find a pair of Rose-ringed Parakeet from the car. Only 15 minutes late, I could bring Johnathan to his Hotel in Delft.

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
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
Tundra Bean Goose Toendrarietgans Anser rossicus
White-fronted Goose Kolgans Anser albifrons
Lesser White-fronted Goose Dwerggans Anser erythropus
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
Canada Goose Canadese Gans Branta canadensis
Barnacle Goose Brandgans Branta leucopsis
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
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Black-headed Gull Kokmeeuw Larus ridibundus
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Fieldfare Kramsvogel Turdus pilaris
Long-tailed Tit Staartmees Aegithalos caudatus
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Jay Gaai Garrulus glandarius
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Jackdaw Kauw Corvus monedula
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
Redpoll Grote Barmsijs Carduelis flammea
Siskin Sijs Carduelis spinus
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis