20190413 full day Zuid Holland

Full day birding Zuid Holland province
Guide: Menno van Duijn
Date: Saturday 13 April 2019

After an half hour drive from Amsterdam we arrived in the dunes near Leiden. As soon as we got the car our the birds where all over the place in the car park. Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Starlings, Dunnocks and Wrens sang their dawn chorus.

When we walked into the forest we heard the Common Redstart and got some glimpses of the bird. We continued our walk with Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Marsh-, Crested Tit and Goldcrest in the pines.

We found a couple of Bramblings on their migration, almost in their breeding plumage, who even started singing. Here we also came across a beautiful Hawfinch and male Greenfinch. From the sprouting leaves we constantly heard the Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers.

When we walked into the dune landscape we saw the typical birds like Wood Larks, Stonechats, Bluethroats and the first Lesser Whitethroat. Two Common Snipes landed in the high grass of the pool.

On the larger lake we found Crested Pochards, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Teal and Little Grebe. Just before we got back to the car we got a fantastic view of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling from the treetop showing nice in the telescope.

We got a tip of a very nice Tawny Owl that sat very relaxed in front of the nest opening. On this location we also find Short-toed Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Red Squirrels.

At the beach house we took a break and had lunch with views on a Dark-bellied Brent and added Greater- and Lesser Black-backed, Common, Black-headed and Common Gull to the list.

When we arrived at the Nieuwkoopse Plassen we found a flock of Cormorants chasing fish attracting a dozen of Common Terns who got chased by Common Gulls when they caught a fish.

In the meadows there where a lot of Black-tailed Godwits (icelandic), Eurasian Curlews, Ruff and Whimbrell who stopped over on their spring migration. Then a Peregrin shoots down an caught a Feral Pigeon. The Lesser-black Backed Gull harassed the falco who lost grib and the pigeon took off.

Despite the wind the Sedge and Savi’s Warblers where singing low from the reed and only the Bluethroats come up when they did their display flight. The banks of the lake where loaded with Godwits and Curlews and on a mudflat we found a pair of Little Ringed Plovers, Yellow Wagtail and Common Redshanks foraging.

Besides waders there were also a lot of ducks: Northern Pintail, Shoveler, Eurasian Wigeon, Teal, Common Pochard and Shelducks. From here we drove back towards Amsterdam and stopped to have a look at a White Stork and saw some Barnacle Geese along the road.

We ended the day with 93 species of birds, Egyptian Goose, Black Swan, Ring-necked Parakeet and Pheasant not included. Beside birds we saw Red Squirrels, Common Rabbit and European Hare.

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
White Stork Ooievaar Ciconia ciconia
Spoonbill Lepelaar Platalea leucorodia
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
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
Red-crested Pochard Krooneend Netta rufina
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Peregrine Falcon Slechtvalk Falco peregrinus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Golden-Plover Goudplevier Pluvialis apricaria
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Snipe Watersnip Gallinago gallinago
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Whimbrel Regenwulp Numenius phaeopus
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
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
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Stock Pigeon Holenduif Columba oenas
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Tawny Owl Bosuil Strix aluco
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Kleine Bonte Specht Dendrocopos minor
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Sky Lark Veldleeuwerik Alauda arvensis
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Yellow Wagtail Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla flava
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Goldcrest Goudhaan Regulus regulus
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Dunnock Heggemus Prunella modularis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Redwing Koperwiek Turdus iliacus
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Savi's Warbler Snor Locustella luscinioides
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Willow Warbler Fitis Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Lesser Whitethroat Braamsluiper Sylvia curruca
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Redstart Gekraagde Roodstaart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Stonechat Roodborsttapuit Saxicola rubicola
Long-tailed Tit Staartmees Aegithalos caudatus
Marsh Tit Glanskop Poecile palustris
Crested Tit Kuifmees Lophophanes cristatus
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Nuthatch Boomklever Sitta europaea
Short-toed Treecreeper Boomkruiper Certhia brachydactyla
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
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Hawfinch Appelvink Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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