20180624 Biesbosch half day

20180624 Biesbosch half day

Half day tour at Biesbosch National Parc
Guide: Menno van Duijn
Date: 24 June 2018

Oeff, that’s me when the alarm went at 04.00 in the morning but two hours later I’m looking out over the Biesbosch National Park from the museum’s car park. Shortly Viktoria and her friend arrive who booked a half day guided birding as a present.

We start at a lookout point over a reservoir at one side and a woodland at the other. We are welcomed by a Green Woodpecker perched and calling from a dead tree. He looks stunning in the telescope with the green plumage and striking red hat.

Common Terns, Black-headed and some Mediterranean Gulls fly close by heading to the colony. The Green Woodpecker has changed places with a Greater Spotted Woodpecker and we hear a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling. A Common Buzzard is preening itself at the forest edge and doesn’t mind us looking at it with the telescope.

Smaller birds pass by like Great, Blue and Willow Tit and we hear and see Willow and Garden Warblers, Blackcap and Dunnock singing. We try to find the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Cuckoo which we constantly hear but fail to see them. We do get to see Common Whitethroat, Gold- and Greenfinch and even the Cetti’s Warbler.

Back at the car we have a coffee but then we hear the begging calls of the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. We find two juveniles begging and being fed by the mother before they fly into the canopy.

We stop to look at the nesting Osprey with the female on the nest with her 3 young. After 10 minutes the male arrives with a fresh caught fish. After two minutes he’s told to get more and flies off. A great view with singing Skylarks and Meadow Pipits in the background. A Great Crested Grebe swims by with her young followed by a Tufted Duck who keep their eyes on the patrolling Marsh Harriers.

We drive around with the windows open. From the reedbeds we hear the Reed Warblers and Buntings singing until suddenly we hear a Bluethroat and find the male perched on a branch of a dead tree.

I ask if both are interested in more than birds because one of the Birding Netherlands guides who lives in the parc has some caterpillars of the Puss Moth in his garden. We find at least 5 of these awesome caterpillars.

Next we stop to overlook the mudflats and find two Green Sandpipers, many Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets, Northern Lapwings and Eurasian Spoonbills. A female Garganey is feeding in the vegetation were nearby some Ruff in summer plumage are foraging.

At the last stop of this morning we scan the area and see two Little and a Great Egret foraging. While we continue our walk about a dozen Common Terns start feeding next to the dike below us and within a couple of minutes about 150 Eurasian Spoonbills are sweeping through the water catching the small fish with the terns diving into the feeding frenzy. A spectacular sight to end the tour with on which we record 85 species of birds.

UK NL Latin
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
Canada Goose Canadese Gans Branta canadensis
Barnacle Goose Brandgans Branta leucopsis
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Garganey Zomertaling Anas querquedula
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Osprey Visarend Pandion haliaetus
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Peregrine Falcon Slechtvalk Falco peregrinus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Golden-Plover Goudplevier Pluvialis apricaria
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Green Sandpiper Witgat Tringa ochropus
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
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Kleine Bonte Specht Dendrocopos minor
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Green Woodpecker Groene Specht Picus viridis
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
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
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Willow Tit Matkop Poecile montana
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
Tree Sparrow Ringmus Passer montanus
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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