20180502 Half Day Oostvaardersplassen

Gay from Arizona wanted to enlarge here lifers list so she booked a birding trip with Birding Netherlands for an half day with our guide Joost Bouwmeester at the Oostvaardersplassen. She had a target list of 30 to 40 new species so we were on a mission.

The weather was great and the light was superb only ess wind would have helped us. We toured around the whole nature reserve of the Oostvaardersplassen. We started off at the Praambult where we spotted a large concentration of Barnacle Geese, ready to fly to the Arctic. A nightingale was singing in the shrubs nearby. An Eurasian Spoonbill was foraging in the small pond.

In the Oostvaardersveld we heard our first singing Reed and Grasshopper Warbler. The birds in the reed stayed low because of the wind and were hard to find. Mating Goldfinches did not pay attention to us so we could approach them very close. A Common Sandpiper checked out the banks of the pond.

The path that leads to the “Zeearend” hide is always good for marsh birds like Willow Tit, Sedge Warbler and Bluethroat. Bluethroats are on their eggs so they are tricky to see.We spotted a beautiful male Common Redstart and a few Short-toed Treecreepers. A pair of Marsh Harriers were hunting above the reeds and the bonus was a Hawfinch flying over in terrific light.

No time to lose, in a straight line to the Lepelaarsplassen. The wet meadows are always good for some waders and Great Egrets. Although it is not considered as part of the Oostvaarderplassen I brought Gay to the “Natte Graslanden” to make sure she would score some new birds on her lifer-list.

We saw lots of waders and waterfowl like Avocet, Little Grebe, Wigeon (the last one of the season) and Common Shelducks with there bright red beaks. We had a very nice look at a another beautiful male Marsh Harrier and a Common Buzzard close to the hide. We succeeded in scoring 67 species in half a day.

UK NL Latin
Little Grebe Dodaars Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Western Great Egret Grote Zilverreiger Ardea alba
Eurasian Spoonbill Lepelaar Platalea leucorodia
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
Barnacle Goose Brandgans Branta leucopsis
Common Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Wigeon Smient Anas penelope
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Eurasian Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Nothern Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Western Marsh Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Common Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Common Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Common Sandpiper Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Greenshank Groenpootruiter Tringa nebularia
Caspian Gull Pontische Meeuw Larus cachinans
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Lesser Black-backed Gull Kleine Mantelmeeuw Larus graellsii
Black-headed Gull Kokmeeuw Larus ridibundus
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Stock Pigeon Holenduif Columba oenas
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Common Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Common Redstart Gekraagde roodstaart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Tree Pipit Boompieper Anthus trivialis
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Common Grasshopper Warbler Sprinkhaanzanger Locustella naevia
Cetti's Warbler Cetti's Zanger Cettia cetti
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Willow Warbler Fitis Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Nightingale Nachtegaal Luscinia megarhynchos
Stonechat Roodborsttapuit Saxicola rubicola
Hawfinch Appelvink Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Eurasian Bullfinch Goudvink Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Northern Willow Tit Matkop Poecile montanus
Treecreeper Boomkruiper Certhia brachydactyla
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

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