20190223 full day at the Delta

20190223 full day at the Delta

Full day guided birding tour at the province of Zeeland and Noord Brabant
Guide: Menno van Duijn
Date: Saturday 23 February 2019

In Delft everybody was still asleep at 07:00 but the Song Thrushes, Blackbirds and Wrens were singing out loud when I meet Chris and Fran at the car park. From there we head south towards the Belgian border to look for the woodpeckers.

One hour later we arrive at the site. A Mistle Thrush welcomes us with it’s song and so do singing Short-toed Treecreepers, Nuthatches and Chaffinches. A Sparrowhawk sweeps by trying to catch a Great Tit but misses.

We hear a Greater Spotted Woodpecker drumming and the call of a Middle Spotted Woodpecker follows. We find the male in the top of a Oak in full sunlight and luckily he stays there for a couple of minutes to get him in the telescope.

Now we try for the Black Woodpecker but the bird doesn’t show up at the nesting. We hear a laughing call but this comes from a Green Woodpecker who lands on a dead tree not to far away from us. After two hours we continue our way into the Zeeland province.

We start at Tholen for the wintering Rough-legged Buzzard and find the raptor on the dike enjoying the winter sun. Two pairs of Grey Partridges are heavily fighting over a territory.

On our way to the next stop we see a White Stork flying over the road. At the moment we set up our telescopes Chris already notice the adult female White-tailed Eagle. The Great Grey Shrike is also located and we find a male Merlin in the distance. Here we also add Slavonian and Black-necked Grebe to the list.

The mixed flock of European, Caribbean, Chilean Flamingos and hybrid between those were present although a bit distance but good enough with the telescope to tell the Europeans apart. A male Stonechat in front of use was busy catching insect as the temperature rises to almost 20 Celcius!

After the last coffee we headed to Zierikzee while a pair of adult Mediterranean Gulls flew over the car. We had great view of seven Smew including two males. The 5.000 Golden Plovers that took off because of a Sparrowhawk was very impressive.

We overlooked the Oosterschelde and found Common Seals on the sandbanks. While looking at the Razorbills and Velvet Scoters we saw Harbour Porpoises surfacing. In this area we also added Eider and Red-breasted Mergansers to the list.

The last stop was the Brouwersdam. Here we quickly found Red-throated Divers and 41 Purple Sandpipers! We tried to find the Great Northern Diver and the Black Guillemot but both seemed to have left already. We did saw some nice Black Scoters and Common Goldeneyes to end the day with that ended with 99 species of birds (Egyptian Goose, Black Swan, Ring-necked Pheasant, Chilean and Caribbean Flamingo not included)

Mammals: European Hare, Rabbit, Common Seal, Grey Seal and Common Porpoise

UK NL Latin
Red-throated Diver Roodkeelduiker Gavia stellata
Little Grebe Dodaars Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Slavonian Grebe Kuifduiker Podiceps auritus
Black-necked Grebe Geoorde Fuut Podiceps nigricollis
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Great Egret Grote Zilverreiger Ardea alba
Little Egret Kleine Zilverreiger Egretta garzetta
White Stork Ooievaar Ciconia ciconia
Spoonbill Lepelaar Platalea leucorodia
Flamingo Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
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
Dark-bellied Brent Rotgans Branta bernicla
Ruddy Shelduck Casarca Tadorna ferruginea
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Wigeon Smient Anas penelope
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail Pijlstaart Anas acuta
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Eider Eider Somateria mollissima
Black Scoter Zwarte Zee-eend Melanitta nigra
White-winged Scoter Grote Zee-eend Melanitta fusca
Goldeneye Brilduiker Bucephala clangula
Smew Nonnetje Mergellus albellus
Red-breasted Merganser Middelste Zaagbek Mergus serrator
White-tailed Eagle Zeearend Haliaeetus albicilla
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Rough-legged Buzzard Ruigpootbuizerd Buteo lagopus
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Merlin Smelleken Falco columbarius
Peregrine Falcon Slechtvalk Falco peregrinus
Grey Partridge Patrijs Perdix perdix
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Golden-Plover Goudplevier Pluvialis apricaria
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Ruddy Turnstone Steenloper Arenaria interpres
Purple Sandpiper Paarse Strandloper Calidris maritima
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
Razorbill Alk Alca torda
Stock Pigeon Holenduif Columba oenas
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Middelste Bonte Specht Dendrocopos medius
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Green Woodpecker Groene Specht Picus viridis
Sky Lark Veldleeuwerik Alauda arvensis
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Rock Pipit Oeverpieper Anthus petrosus
Goldcrest Goudhaan Regulus regulus
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Dunnock Heggemus Prunella modularis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Mistle Thrush Grote Lijster Turdus viscivorus
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Stonechat Roodborsttapuit Saxicola rubicola
Long-tailed Tit Staartmees Aegithalos caudatus
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Nuthatch Boomklever Sitta europaea
Short-toed Treecreeper Boomkruiper Certhia brachydactyla
Great Grey Shrike Klapekster Lanius excubitor
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
Brambling Keep Fringilla montifringilla
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris
Siskin Sijs Carduelis spinus
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Hawfinch Appelvink Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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