20180619 Full Day Oostvaardersplassen

We were on our way to the Oostvaardersplassen and we just left Amsterdam when a Mediterranean Gull suddenly flew next to the car. All other usual roadside suspects like Kestrel, Buzzard, Carrion Crow and White Wagtails were there.

Just after the first exit we could tick off one target: White Storks in a colony on a electricity mast. We parked the car at the carpool lot and here we could see Goldfinches, Greenfinches and Common Whitethroat in top of the bushes from where we could hear Blackcap, Garden-, and Marsh Warbler.

Next stop we tried for her other target: Bluethroat and just a minute after we started walking a male landed picture perfect on top of some weed with his blue throat towards us and threw a display flight to complete it. We walked around with Marsh Harriers patrolling the area, Great and Little Egret fishing in the pond joined by a Little Grebe with the Barn Swallow nesting above our heads in the hide.

After a toilet stop at the visitors center we took a long walk. As soon as we entered the area we tried to get a glimpse of a Short-toed Treecreeper that was calling while suddenly a male Redstart perched at eye level. This inspired a Spotted Flycatcher to do the same. In the small stream many birds, mainly juveniles came down to drink (Chaffinches, Great- and Blue Tits, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.

At the first hide, which more functioned as a stable, we found a Wood Sandpiper. At the newest hide we had a great view over the area with thousands of Greyland Geese, hundreds of Barnacle Geese and Black-tailed Godwits. There were a lot of Eurasian Teal, Northern Shovelers and Gadwall. Highlight was a Black-winged Stilt and five summer plumage Ruff.

We had a lunch at the visitor center and drove to the other side of the area. While we walked to the lookout point we heard a Golden Oriole singing. And in front of us we saw Eurasian Spoonbills, Common Pochards, Oystercatchers and with the telescope we could see some more Ruff and a summer plumage Spotted Redshank with a group of Common Redshanks.

Along the dike we tried for Bearded Tit, which we eventually heard but failed to see and also heard Water Rail, Savi's-, Cetti's-, and Grasshopper Warbler.

Our last stop was at the Lepelaarsplassen where we finally could connect with Garganey, about 5 birds were present. A Red Fox ran through the field causing a lot of panic. Luckily no chicks of the Lapwings, Avocet of Black-tailed Godwit where taken. We ended the tour with 96 species of birds.

UK NL Latin
Little Grebe Dodaars Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Great Egret Grote Zilverreiger Ardea alba
Little Egret Kleine Zilverreiger Egretta garzetta
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
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Northern Goshawk Havik Accipiter gentilis
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Hobby Boomvalk Falco subbuteo
Water Rail Waterral Rallus aquaticus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Black-winged Stilt Steltkluut Himantopus himantopus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Wood Sandpiper Bosruiter Tringa glareola
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
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
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
Sky Lark Veldleeuwerik Alauda arvensis
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
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
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
Grasshopper Warbler Sprinkhaanzanger Locustella naevia
Savi's Warbler Snor Locustella luscinioides
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Marsh Warbler Bosrietzanger Acrocephalus palustris
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
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Redstart Gekraagde Roodstaart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Bearded Tit Baardman Panurus biarmicus
Willow Tit Matkop Poecile montana
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Short-toed Treecreeper Boomkruiper Certhia brachydactyla
Golden Oriole Wielewaal Oriolus oriolus
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
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Hawfinch Appelvink Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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