20180608 Nieuwkoop and Oostvaardersplassen

Friday 8th of June 2018

From the Loosdrechtse Plassen, were Erna and Janny are staying, we first head to the Nieuwkoopse Plassen. On the way we stop at several sites where we already see a nice selection of birds like Great Crested Grebes, Eurasian Oystercatchers and Common Terns.

At the car park from were we took a walk we first had a coffee while a Common Whitethroat was singing next to us, a Marsh Harrier brought a frog to the nest and a Marsh Warbler was singing in top of a thistle.

We only had walk 50 meters and just had to stop for a Sedge Warbler singing next to the path with a flock of Black-tailed Godwits and Common Redshanks in the background on the water. Here we also found 5 Garganeys foraging in the muddy parts.

After another 200 meters we sat down at the corner of the path from where you could overlook the lake with sandbanks. On the bank Common and Little Ringed Plover where foraging. From the reed Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings and a Bluethroat started singing. Common Swifts and Barn Swallows flew overhead catching the insects that stated to emerge.

With the telescope we could see Avocets, Eared Grebes, Eurasian Wigeons, Tufted Ducks and Common Pochards. We returned to the car to go to some other locations. On the way we stopped at a field were the farmer had just laid out a carpet of most. White Storks where covered by this pig shit but didn’t bother so did the Black-headed and Mediterranean Gulls. A Lesser Black-backed Gull was screaming out like a maniac chasing a immature White-tailed Eagle!

We did find what we were looking for: Black Terns and Purple Herons. We had another break at in the flyway if the Purple Herons between their colony and feeding grounds. We tried for a Little Owl but the birds stayed inside out of the drizzle. A last stop showed us a Wood Sandpiper and a pair of Common Shelduck with over 50 ducklings!

Saturday 9th of June 2018

After we took the exit a late Northern Wheatear flew off in front of the car which we immediately stopped. We opened the window to have a look at the female Wheatear and directly heard a Cetti’s, Marsh, Icterine and Reed Warbler singing.

15 minutes later we are looking at a colony of 150 pair of Sand Martins and a singing Garden Warbler right behind us. At the next stop we hear and see a distant Savi’s Warbler and after a couple of minutes we see the Bearded Tits.

We park the car at the Tea House and take a walk hopefully to see the Hawfinches which we constantly hear but fail to see them. When we return to the car the sun is breaking through the clouds and the insects directly started to fly and directly we see a Spotted Flycatcher chasing them.

The Great Reed Warbler is still present and we get a nice view on him in the telescope. We look for the European Flamingo but it seem they’ve left to their colony. We do hear a Nightingale from the carpark. From here we cross the province (45 minute drive) and arrive at the Oostvaardersplassen. We are welcomed by a Marsh Harrier that flies over the road and we stop to have lunch at the viewpoint overlooking the nature reserve.

We then take a walk to one of the hides and at the lee side in the sun see many dragon- and butterflies including a rare Purple Emperor! The hide is not only used by birders but also by birds, 6 pair of Barn Swallows are nesting inside the hide. Along the track we hear Cuckoo, Marsh and Reed Warbler and many Blackcaps. Back in the car we see a cyclist photographing something which turns out to be an adult female Grass Snake that has been killed by a car.

Our last stop is at the visitor’s center from were we oversee the west part of the reserve. Some Eurasian Spoonbills are foraging in the water between the hundreds of Greylag Geese. A pair of Avocet bravely chase the geese off their island and a pair of Raven overlook the area from a dead tree.

We run the checklist and tick-off 95 species of birds (Egyptian Goose and Ring-necked Parakeet not included).

UK NL Latin
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Purperreiger Ardea purpurea
Great Egret Grote Zilverreiger Ardea alba
White Stork Ooievaar Ciconia ciconia
Spoonbill Lepelaar Platalea leucorodia
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
Canada Goose Canadese Gans Branta canadensis
Barnacle Goose Brandgans Branta leucopsis
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Wigeon Smient Anas penelope
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Garganey Zomertaling Anas querquedula
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
White-tailed Eagle Zeearend Haliaeetus albicilla
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Wood Sandpiper Bosruiter Tringa glareola
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
Great Black-backed Gull Grote Mantelmeeuw Larus marinus
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Caspian Gull Pontische Meeuw Larus cachinans
Lesser Black-backed Gull Kleine Mantelmeeuw Larus graellsii
Black-headed Gull Kokmeeuw Larus ridibundus
Mediterranean Gull Zwartkopmeeuw Larus melanocephalus
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Black Tern Zwarte Stern Chlidonias niger
Stock Pigeon Holenduif Columba oenas
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Cuckoo Koekoek Cuculus canorus
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Sand Martin Oeverzwaluw Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Yellow Wagtail Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla flava
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Dunnock Heggemus Prunella modularis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Cetti's Warbler Cetti's Zanger Cettia cetti
Savi's Warbler Snor Locustella luscinioides
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Marsh Warbler Bosrietzanger Acrocephalus palustris
Great Reed-Warbler Grote Karekiet Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Icterine Warbler Spotvogel Hippolais icterina
Willow Warbler Fitis Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler Tuinfluiter Sylvia borin
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Spotted Flycatcher Grauwe Vliegenvanger Muscicapa striata
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Nightingale Nachtegaal Luscinia megarhynchos
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Northern Wheatear Tapuit Oenanthe oenanthe
Bearded Tit Baardman Panurus biarmicus
Long-tailed Tit Staartmees Aegithalos caudatus
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Short-toed Treecreeper Taigaboomkruiper Certhia brachydactyla
Jay Gaai Garrulus glandarius
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Jackdaw Kauw Corvus monedula
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Raven Raaf Corvus corax
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Huismus Passer domesticus
Tree Sparrow Ringmus Passer montanus
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Hawfinch Appelvink Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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