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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).
|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|
|Mute Swan||Knobbelzwaan||Cygnus olor|
|Greylag Goose||Grauwe Gans||Anser anser|
|Canada Goose||Canadese Gans||Branta canadensis|
|Barnacle Goose||Brandgans||Branta leucopsis|
|Mallard||Wilde Eend||Anas platyrhynchos|
|Common Pochard||Tafeleend||Aythya ferina|
|Tufted Duck||Kuifeend||Aythya fuligula|
|White-tailed Eagle||Zeearend||Haliaeetus albicilla|
|Marsh-Harrier||Bruine Kiekendief||Circus aeruginosus|
|Ringed Plover||Bontbekplevier||Charadrius hiaticula|
|Little Ringed Plover||Kleine Plevier||Charadrius dubius|
|Black-tailed Godwit||Grutto||Limosa limosa|
|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|
|Collared-Dove||Turkse Tortel||Streptopelia decaocto|
|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|
|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|
|Garden Warbler||Tuinfluiter||Sylvia borin|
|Spotted Flycatcher||Grauwe Vliegenvanger||Muscicapa striata|
|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|
|Carrion Crow||Zwarte Kraai||Corvus corone|
|House Sparrow||Huismus||Passer domesticus|
|Tree Sparrow||Ringmus||Passer montanus|
|Reed Bunting||Rietgors||Emberiza schoeniclus|