20180509 Half Day Rotterdam

At 07.00 I (Lesley van Loo) I'm in front of the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam to pick up Matthew and Anna from the USA. Anna's who's 11 has her writing blog and binoculair ready. Anna gets the front seat and her father has to do it with the back seat. It's a sunny clear day so spirits are high.

We drive around the fields east of Rotterdam and have some great views of a colony of Sand Martins and a pair of Great Crested Grebes. We stop the car to look at a Mute Swan on the nest when a Northern Wheatear lands on the road in front of us.

We are heading to a "secret" location for a Little Bittern and as soon as we get close to the pool we hear the bird calling from the reed. We wait in order to get a glimpse of the bird. Meanwhile a Greater Spotted Woodpecker lands in front of us in a dead tree and a male Bluethroats suddenly pops up from the reed. Reed and Sedge Warbler are actively singing even just 6 feet next to us.

Anna spots a small bird with an orange bill and suddenly a Bearded Tit crosses the path. A group of Tufted Ducks and Common Pochards are sitting on the lake and a Sedge Warbler and Wren are trying to see who sings the loudest. The we spot the Little Bittern, the male is sits open in the reed.

We have a short break at the car with Tea and biscuits before we head to another area. The day before some Black and Whiskered Terns had been reported but they've moved on with their migration. Still we get nice views of Common Redshanks, 2 Wood Sandpipers and a Northern Lapwing steals the show, this bird was on top of Anna's list! At he other side of the road Skylarks are singing and a pair of Black-tailed Godwits watch over their 3 hatchlings.

I got another "secret" spot for a Little Owl that was easy to find. Here we also added Barn Swallows and White Wagtail to the list. We ended the day with a Little Egret (we hoped for Eurasian Spoonbill here), displaying Pied Avocets, Northern Shovelers and Common Shelducks. Anna was very happy with her sightings of the Little Bittern, Little Owl, displaying Great Crested Grebes and her star bird the Northern Lapwing.

UK NL Latin
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Little Egret Kleine Zilverreiger Egretta garzetta
Little Bittern Woudaap Ixobrychus minutus
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
Canada Goose Canadese Gans Branta canadensis
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Wood Sandpiper Bosruiter Tringa glareola
Black-headed Gull Kokmeeuw Larus ridibundus
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Cuckoo Koekoek Cuculus canorus
Little Owl Steenuil Athene noctua
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Sky Lark Veldleeuwerik Alauda arvensis
Sand Martin Oeverzwaluw Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Savi's Warbler Snor Locustella luscinioides
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Northern Wheatear Tapuit Oenanthe oenanthe
Bearded Tit Baardman Panurus biarmicus
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
House Sparrow Huismus Passer domesticus
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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