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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!
|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|
|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|
|Mallard||Wilde Eend||Anas platyrhynchos|
|Red-crested Pochard||Krooneend||Netta rufina|
|Tufted Duck||Kuifeend||Aythya fuligula|
|Black Scoter||Zwarte Zee-eend||Melanitta nigra|
|Ringed Plover||Bontbekplevier||Charadrius hiaticula|
|Ruddy Turnstone||Steenloper||Arenaria interpres|
|Dunlin||Bonte Strandloper||Calidris alpina|
|Purple Sandpiper||Paarse Strandloper||Calidris maritima|
|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|
|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|
|House Sparrow||Huismus||Passer domesticus|