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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.
|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|
|Mallard||Wilde Eend||Anas platyrhynchos|
|Common Pochard||Tafeleend||Aythya ferina|
|Tufted Duck||Kuifeend||Aythya fuligula|
|Black-tailed Godwit||Grutto||Limosa limosa|
|Wood Sandpiper||Bosruiter||Tringa glareola|
|Black-headed Gull||Kokmeeuw||Larus ridibundus|
|Common Tern||Visdief||Sterna hirundo|
|Collared-Dove||Turkse Tortel||Streptopelia decaocto|
|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|
|Savi's Warbler||Snor||Locustella luscinioides|
|Sedge Warbler||Rietzanger||Acrocephalus schoenobaenus|
|Reed-Warbler||Kleine Karekiet||Acrocephalus scirpaceus|
|Northern Wheatear||Tapuit||Oenanthe oenanthe|
|Bearded Tit||Baardman||Panurus biarmicus|
|Blue Tit||Pimpelmees||Cyanistes caeruleus|
|Carrion Crow||Zwarte Kraai||Corvus corone|
|House Sparrow||Huismus||Passer domesticus|
|Reed Bunting||Rietgors||Emberiza schoeniclus|