20180630 Oostvaarderplassen and Amsterdam

Full day tour at the Oostvaardersplassen and Amsterdam
Guide: Menno van Duijn
Date: Saturday 30 June 2018

Although it’s 05:00 when I pick up Tare and her husband from their hotel in Amsterdam, there a still loads of tourist around, mainly drunk or in any other state while the Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls look for any spills.

We head to the Oostvaardersplassen but first visit the nature park for woodland birds. At the car park we see and hear Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Robins, Chiffchaffs and Hawfinches. We walk around the lake where Great Crested Grebes, Grey Herons and Great Cormorants are on but no sign of any Kingfishers.

Along the track we walk for on to the other singing Blackcap and Garden Warbler. A flock of juvenile Blue-, Great, Long-tailed and Willow Tits are accompanied by Greater Spotted Woodpeckers. When we’re almost at the end of the track we look over a lake and scan the banks when we spot a Beaver munching on willow branches!

While having coffee we enjoy ourselves with two young White Storks on the nest disputing who may have the twig, it remembers me how my own two boys can fight over toys :))

We arrive at the Oostvaardersplassen and first try to get sight of the basking Grass Snakes but it probably is already warm enough at the time we arrive. We park the car and take a walk. A Common Whitethroat and Reed Bunting are actively singing and within a few second we hear a Bluethroat back where we started so we head back and find the male singing in top of a bush with the blue throat in the full sun.

A pair of Ruddy Shelduck fly overhead while a Marsh Harrier patrols the area looking for prey. A Hobby swoops by chasing dragonflies which he eats on the wing.

We have a toilet stop at the visitors center before we start our walk. We find the Spotted Flycatchers with the fledged young chasing down insects. A bit further we see a very nice male Common Redstart, Reed and Willow Warbler.

From the first hide we observe the thousands of Greylag and Barnacle Geese and between the many Northern Lapwings we find a Little Ringed Plover with her chicks running around. It’s nice and cool in the hide which is very welcome as the temperature climbs towards the 30 degrees Celsius.

At the other hide the Red Deer also find it a bit warm and cool down by rolling in the mud. The Ruff, Common Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwits don’t seem to mind and continue to fatten up for their migration. The Black-winged Stilt is also still present but no chicks to be seen.

We head back to Amsterdam but visit a site just north of Amsterdam. As we walk to the hide a Purple Heron flies overhead. At the dried muddy lake we see over 200 Ruff, a Grey and Common Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, Avocets, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and many Spoonbills.

Tare’s husbands would love to see a old windmill so we head to the Zaanse Schans we first stop at a windmills that’s spinning in the strong wind and then stop at the touristic hotspot. What follows is a crazy ride through Amsterdam trying to get to the hotel. A great challenge with all the blocked roads, one-way lanes and cyclists. Finally we get in reach of the hotel and say goodbye.

Total score: 96 species of birds in mid-summer, the Common Crossbill and Little Grebe not included which we only heard.

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
Purple Heron Purperreiger Ardea purpurea
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
Barnacle Goose Brandgans Branta leucopsis
Ruddy Shelduck Casarca Tadorna ferruginea
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
Red-crested Pochard Krooneend Netta rufina
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Honey-buzzard Wespendief Pernis apivorus
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Hobby Boomvalk Falco subbuteo
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Black-winged Stilt Steltkluut Himantopus himantopus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Grey Plover Zilverplevier Pluvialis squatarola
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Whimbrel Regenwulp Numenius phaeopus
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Greenshank Groenpootruiter Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper Witgat Tringa ochropus
Common Sandpiper Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
Great Black-backed Gull Grote Mantelmeeuw Larus marinus
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
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
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Sky Lark Veldleeuwerik Alauda arvensis
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Pied Wagtail Rouwkwikstaart Motacilla yarrellii
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
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
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Redstart Gekraagde Roodstaart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Long-tailed Tit Staartmees Aegithalos caudatus
Willow Tit Matkop Poecile montana
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Nuthatch Boomklever Sitta europaea
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
Red Crossbill Kruisbek Loxia curvirostra
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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