20190529 Birding Nieuwkoopse Plassen

Today I met William at the Hilton in Amsterdam for a morning birding.

We drove to the Groene Jonker a marsh area close to Amsterdam. On our way there we saw a White Stork and had a stop to watch some Black Terns foraring over the meadows.

At Kockengen we saw a Purple Heron and Great crested Grebe. At the Groene Jonker we had some short walks, a Bluethroat was still singing so that was nice. The place was loaded with Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings and we had a good look on a singing Grasshopper Warbler.

This time of year there are not that many species of waders any more but we saw Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Lapwing, Curlew, Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover.

A Marsh Harrier was flying over and some later a Mediterranean Gull. On the water there are several species of ducks and geeses.

At the end of the morning on our way back to Amsterdam we made a stop to listen to a Great Reed Warbler, excellent, and and a few miles further on the road there where some

Spoonbills resting in a field.

William would like to see a Blackbird but if you wish it’s hard to find. Fortunate we found a male in the middle of Amsterdam near his Hotel.

UK NL Latin
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Purperreiger Ardea purpurea
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
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Wigeon Smient Anas penelope
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
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
Black Tern Zwarte Stern Chlidonias niger
Stock Pigeon Holenduif Columba oenas
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Cuckoo Koekoek Cuculus canorus
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
Sand Martin Oeverzwaluw Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Dunnock Heggemus Prunella modularis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Grasshopper Warbler Sprinkhaanzanger Locustella naevia
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Marsh Warbler Bosrietzanger Acrocephalus palustris
Great Reed-Warbler Grote Karekiet Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Willow Warbler Fitis Phylloscopus trochilus
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
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
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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