20180830 - 2 half day tour Amsterdam

20180830 - 2 half day tour Amsterdam

Two half day guided birding tours in the Amsterdam area
Guide: Joost Bouwmeester
Date: 30 and 31 August 2018

Lou Lou from Australia picked up birding just a few years ago and she fell in love with these colourful creatures. Now she wants to see them all and everywhere around the globe. Her friend Toddy assists her with a camera to document her bird list.

So in her search for more birds she found Birding Netherlands to enlarge her life list. Ijmuiden happened to be the nearest habitat for good birding and the weather was typical Dutch with enormous cumulus clouds and lots of sunshine.

The beach was loaded with gulls, terns and waders like sanderling, common ringed plover, dunlin and eurasian oystercatcher. The Aussies have two species of oystercatchers; a totally black sooty oystercatcher and a pied oystercatcher. The latter is a lookalike of the Eurasian (haematopus ostralegus) and has a different Latin name (haematopus longirostris) https://carolinabirds.org/HTML/Charadriiformes_Haematopodidae.htm

So again a new tick for Lou Lou. Almost all the birds were new to Lou Lou so we took our time to observe and admire them. On the Pier of IJmuiden we really enjoyed the groups of ruddy turnstones. Some of them were still in breeding plumage and very, very close by. In winter the purple sandpiper is a regular but now Lou Lou was lucky to be there at the right time to see the first one.

Unfortunately there was no migration along the coast. We saw a glimpse of a arctic skua and a black scoter.

Next day up to the north of Amsterdam in the beautiful historical landscape of Waterland with meadows, historical farmer houses, cows, Dutch dikes, swamps, lakes, historical sailing ships and lots of birds. Caspian terns and crested pochards were the target and we found them. Standing on the dike of the IJsselmeer we had a wonderful view over the landscape and the water. Spoonbills, great white egret, three species of geese and thousands of ducks.

Waterfowl is still in moulting stage so Lou Lou has to come back in spring to admire there fantastic colors. Due to lack of time , only two half days- we missed out on the birds in forests and dunes. She and Toddy have to come back for these species in spring. Check out the check list and see what we saw during this bird trip in real Aussie style which is “easy going” and first of all: enjoy!

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
Spoonbill Lepelaar Platalea leucorodia
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
White-fronted Goose Kolgans Anser albifrons
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
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Red-crested Pochard Krooneend Netta rufina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Black Scoter Zwarte Zee-eend Melanitta nigra
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Snipe Watersnip Gallinago gallinago
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Ruddy Turnstone Steenloper Arenaria interpres
Sanderling Drieteenstrandloper Calidris alba
Dunlin Bonte Strandloper Calidris alpina
Purple Sandpiper Paarse Strandloper Calidris maritima
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
Arctic Skua Kleine Jager Stercorarius parasiticus
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
Caspian Tern Reuzenstern Sterna caspia
Sandwich Tern Grote Stern Sterna sandvicensis
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Northern Wheatear Tapuit Oenanthe oenanthe
Jackdaw Kauw Corvus monedula
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Huismus Passer domesticus
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina

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