20180622 Oostvaardersplassen half day

Half day Oostvaardersplassen
Guide: Joost van der Sluijs
Date: 22 June 2018

Although it was windy and cloudy, the Oostvaardersplassen offers different areas for spotting birds. In early summer many birds have young and they have to be fed, no matter what. That in mind I picked up my guests at an hotel in Amsterdam.

We first went to the Lepelaarsplassen, with warblers, waders, herons, geese and ducks. Many species showed, like black-tailed godwit, gadwall, great and little egret, spoonbill, lapwing, avocet, reed warbler, sedge warbler, shelduck, redshank, gadwall.

A water rail squeaked, little ringed plover was as territorial as ever, and even two rare gargeney’s showed up. Cetti’s warbler, rare in the Netherlands, suddenly hit us with it’s explosive song. Always a pleasure.

We moved on to our next spot, via the Knardijk, to the central visitors center of the Oostvaardersplassen (recommended!) After lunch we visited the ‘Driehoek’ (triangle). After an half hour’s walk, with birds like common redstart, spotted flycatcher, wren, goldfinch, greenfinch, blackcap, common linnet, reed bunting, marsh harrier, we arrived at the Zeearend, the lookout over the plains.

Red deer, greylag and barnacle geese, red foxes, konik horses were nearby. And in the shallow waters, we discovered three rare black-winged stilts.

A half day is too short too see all of this beautiful birding area. Yet in half a day and given the tough weather, we checked around 75 species!

But above all, I had a memorable day with two beautiful people from L.A. California.

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
Spoonbill Lepelaar Platalea leucorodia
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
Barnacle Goose Brandgans Branta leucopsis
Dark-bellied Brent Rotgans Branta bernicla
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
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Water Rail Waterral Rallus aquaticus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
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
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Lesser Black-backed Gull Kleine Mantelmeeuw Larus graellsii
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
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Cetti's Warbler Cetti's Zanger Cettia cetti
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Willow Warbler Fitis Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler Tuinfluiter Sylvia borin
Spotted Flycatcher Grauwe Vliegenvanger Muscicapa striata
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Redstart Gekraagde Roodstaart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Short-toed Treecreeper Boomkruiper Certhia brachydactyla
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
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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