20190426 birding central Netherlands

20190426 birding central Netherlands

Birding Central Netherlands
Guide: Arjan Dwarshuis
Date: Friday 26 April 2019

Amsterdam was quiet, the only sound came from Blackbirds and Robins hesitatingly delivering their first notes of the urban dawn chorus. I picked up Ben at his hotel in the city centre and right at the crack of dawn we hit the road towards the Hilversum forests.

After a quick cup of coffee we started walking, keeping our ears peeled for our main target, the amazing Black Woodpecker. Redstarts and Tree Pipits were singing in the background and way in the distance I could hear a displaying Northern Goshawk. Then we heard the liberating, laser gun-like call of a Black woodpecker. I pinpointed the sound and we started running. Moments thereafter we had walkaway views of a male BW absolutely destroying a birch tree with its massive bill.

After this incredible sighting we progressed with our walk. Crested Tit, Marsh Tit and Hawfinch came in quick succession, but it was a male Pied Flycatcher that became Ben’s second lifer today. Not new, but nevertheless very cool was a displaying pair of Northern Goshawks, that we tracked down after hearing their calls.

Next we headed for the Province of Flevoland. We started at the Natte Graslanden near Almere where we had an amazing run of marsh and reed birds: Savi’s Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler (HO), Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, a male Bluethroat, an unexpected Purple Heron and best of all a pair of Bearded Reedlings, a new family for Ben (who has seen nearly 5000 species, so that says a lot).

While walking to the first hide we found an unobtrusive pair of Bullfinches feeding on the track and quickly notched up three species of Sylvia-warblers: Garden Warbler, Common and Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap. The Natte Graslanden produced the expected Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers and a nice variety of ducks and geese. Best was a flyby female-type Hen Harrier.

At the Lepelaarsplassen a Eurasian Hobby and a huge adult White-tailed Eagle drifted overhead and I gave Ben a crash-course in Old World gull identification. We notched up 8 species including Mediterranean, Yellow-legged, Caspian and Greater BB.

We finished our day on the northeast side of the Oostvaardersplassen, where we found a Whinchat, Green, Common, Wood Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt and Temminck’s Stint. In total we recorded 116 species, not bad at all for a day’s birding.

UK NL Latin
Little Grebe Dodaars Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Black-necked Grebe Geoorde Fuut Podiceps nigricollis
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Purperreiger Ardea purpurea
Great Egret Grote Zilverreiger Ardea alba
White Stork Ooievaar Ciconia ciconia
Spoonbill Lepelaar Platalea leucorodia
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
White-fronted Goose Kolgans Anser albifrons
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
Barnacle Goose Brandgans Branta leucopsis
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
White-tailed Eagle Zeearend Haliaeetus albicilla
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Hen Harrier Blauwe Kiekendief Circus cyaneus
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Northern Goshawk Havik Accipiter gentilis
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Hobby Boomvalk Falco subbuteo
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Black-winged Stilt Steltkluut Himantopus himantopus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Snipe Watersnip Gallinago gallinago
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Whimbrel Regenwulp Numenius phaeopus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Greenshank Groenpootruiter Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper Witgat Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Bosruiter Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos
Temminck's Stint Temminck's Strandloper Calidris temminckii
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
Great Black-backed Gull Grote Mantelmeeuw Larus marinus
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Yellow-legged Gull Geelpootmeeuw Larus michahellis
Caspian Gull Pontische Meeuw Larus cachinans
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
Cuckoo Koekoek Cuculus canorus
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Black Woodpecker Zwarte Specht Dryocopus martius
Sand Martin Oeverzwaluw Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Yellow Wagtail Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla flava
Tree Pipit Boompieper Anthus trivialis
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Firecrest Vuurgoudhaan Regulus ignicapillus
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Dunnock Heggemus Prunella modularis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Cetti's Warbler Cetti's Zanger Cettia cetti
Grasshopper Warbler Sprinkhaanzanger Locustella naevia
Savi's Warbler Snor Locustella luscinioides
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Willow Warbler Fitis Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler Tuinfluiter Sylvia borin
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Lesser Whitethroat Braamsluiper Sylvia curruca
Pied Flycatcher Bonte Vliegenvanger Ficedula hypoleuca
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Nightingale Nachtegaal Luscinia megarhynchos
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Redstart Gekraagde Roodstaart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Whinchat Paapje Saxicola rubetra
Bearded Tit Baardman Panurus biarmicus
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
Raven Raaf Corvus corax
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Huismus Passer domesticus
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Bullfinch Goudvink Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Hawfinch Appelvink Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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