20180722 - Target birding

It was a early morning, six o’clock when I met Ed in the lobby of his hotel in Groningen.

The first stop we made was at the Zuidlaardermeer area where we looked for Whiskered Tern. An adult bird was feeding a chick so that was a nice view. There were also a lot of Spoonbills and Great Egrets present over there and we had good sightings of a Garganey.

In another part of this area we saw a Black-winged Stilt and a pair of White-tailed Eagle.

At Oude Pekela was only one Gull-billed Tern present and we only where able to see a glimpse of it, the birds disappeared behind some pipes and stays there for the time we were there.

At the Fochteloerveen we searched for Short-toed Eagle and Ed found a bird flying far from us at a tree line. And luckily the Eagle was coming much more closer to us giving us rather good views. A very good bird in July in Holland is Whinchat, and this area is one of the best parts of the country to see them in this time of year.

Red backed Shrike was hard to find today but after a good search we discovered one bird but it wasn’t very cooperative.

On the way back to Ed’s Airbnb in Amsterdam we drove towards the county Noord Holland along the Afsluitdijk and here we saw some Black Terns foraging along the dike.

But one bird was left to see, A Spur-winged Lapwing present on a inundated field. Escape or wild that’s the question. But it’s a very nice bird to see along with some Little Stint and flying by Eurasian Hobby.

UK NL Latin
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Black-necked Grebe Geoorde Fuut Podiceps nigricollis
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
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
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Garganey Zomertaling Anas querquedula
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
White-tailed Eagle Zeearend Haliaeetus albicilla
Short-toed Eagle Slangenarend Circaetus gallicus
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
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
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Spur-winged Lapwing Sporenkievit Vanellus spinosus
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Snipe Watersnip Gallinago gallinago
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Wood Sandpiper Bosruiter Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos
Little Stint Kleine Strandloper Calidris minuta
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Lesser Black-backed Gull Kleine Mantelmeeuw Larus graellsii
Black-headed Gull Kokmeeuw Larus ridibundus
Gull-billed Tern Lachstern Sterna nilotica
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Whiskered Tern Witwangstern Chlidonias hybridus
Black Tern Zwarte Stern Chlidonias niger
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
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
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Whinchat Paapje Saxicola rubetra
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Red-backed Shrike Grauwe Klauwier Lanius collurio
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Jackdaw Kauw Corvus monedula
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Yellowhammer Geelgors Emberiza citrinella
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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