20190411 full day Noord Holland for waders

20190411 full day Noord Holland for waders

Noord-Holland Full Day Guided Birding Tour
Guide: Cor Visser
Date: 11 April 2019

At 06:00 am I meet Jim Ash and his wife at the hotel in the centre of Amsterdam. Jim is a birder from Florida. He is birding for almost 59 years and his main interest are shorebirds. One of his target species is the Common Redshank. We went for a full day birding in the northern part of Holland. There is a strong wind but luckily no rain. In front of the hotel is a Blackbird singing the first lifer for Jim.

Our first stop is the Putten van Petten a lake / pond area with many waders and in the surrounding area the necessary meadow birds. Here we see many Sandwich Terns, Avocets, Meadow Pipit and Common Redshanks. Outside the car it is quite cold, partly due to the strong wind. Back in the car it's time for a cup of coffee and a Dutch delicacy (the Stroopwafel).

We continue our way in a northerly direction to Callantsoog on the way we have some stops. In the various areas we see Lapwing, Linnet, Common Gull, Herring Gull and different types of Geese. At one stop we hear a Great Spotted Woodpecker in a distance. We walk into a small forest but we are not the only one. It seems to be a known area to walk with your dog. Eventually we get the Great Spotted Woodpecker in the spotlight.

Our journey continues to Balgzand where we are behind the viewing screen and have a good view. More than 150 (Icelandic) Black-tailed Godwits, Common Redshanks, Avocets, Northern Shovelers, Pintails, Teals, Common Shelduck and about 50 Spoonbills. Most of the birds are resting and shelter for the wind.At the Wadden Sea we see on a distance Eurasian Curlews, Common Redshanks, Red Knots, Oystercatchers and a Whimbrel.

On our way to Den Oever we stop for a lunch in a nice restaurant. After 45 minutes we head to Den Oever. In the port they are busy redesigning it and it is quite busy with freight traffic.

We decide to leave this behind us to look behind the dike a little further. Despite the strong wind we see Black-tailed Godwits, Eurasian Curlews, Common Redshanks, Grey Plovers, Eiders, Oystercatchers and a Spotted Redshank.Our next stop is at Wieringen where we see a large concentration of Tufted Ducks on the lakes. Along the dike we see a Rough-legged Buzzard flying from pole to pole. A Marsh Harrier flies above the meadow and a pair of Yellow Wagtail and Water Pipits forage in the field.

It’s almost 05:00 pm when we arrived in Waterland near the village Durgerdam where we see Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Brand Geese, White-fronted Geese and Common Shelducks.After a long day we drive back to the hotel and find our way through the many road diversions.

UK NL Latin
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
Dark-bellied Brent Rotgans Branta bernicla
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
Goldeneye Brilduiker Bucephala clangula
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Rough-legged Buzzard Ruigpootbuizerd Buteo lagopus
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
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
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Whimbrel Regenwulp Numenius phaeopus
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Green Sandpiper Witgat Tringa ochropus
Common Sandpiper Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Steenloper Arenaria interpres
Sanderling Drieteenstrandloper Calidris alba
Dunlin Bonte Strandloper Calidris alpina
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
Caspian Tern Reuzenstern Sterna caspia
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
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
Water Pipit Waterpieper Anthus spinoletta
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Stonechat Roodborsttapuit Saxicola rubicola
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Jackdaw Kauw Corvus monedula
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Huismus Passer domesticus
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina

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