20190601 Weekend Tour to Noord Holland and Zeeland

20190601 Weekend Tour to Noord Holland and Zeeland

Weekend birding tour to Noord Holland and Zeeland
Guide: Menno van Duijn
Date: 1 and 2 June 2019

On the 1st and 2nd of June Michael joined Birding Netherlands to go birding in the weekend. On Saturday I (Menno) picked up Michael from his hotel in Amsterdam to go birding in the Noord Holland province. We directly drove to the northern tip so we had the high tide to see the waders.

At Den Helder we had some nice views of our first Avocets, Redshanks, Oystercatchers and Northern Lapwings with chicks. We heard Sedge and Marsh Warblers singing while Barn Swallows and Sand Martins flew overhead.

From here we drove to the next wader stop and did some birding on the way and found a Grey Partridge to our surprise. At Den Oever the tide was almost at the highest point. Although the majority of the waders has moved to their breeding grounds at the tundra there were still plenty of birds present. All waders where in their summer plumage: Bar-tailed Godwits, Red Knot, Dunlin, Sanderling, Common Ringed Plovers, Grey Plovers, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew and Avocets.

While looking at the waders a Reed and Sedge Warbler and Common Whitethroat sang from the reed in front of us. This was some very relaxed birding from a bench on the dike, coffee and biscuits in our hand with the sun and a light breeze.

It was time to move on and we went to a forest edge to walk to a bird tower. As soon as we got out of the car we heard a Cuckoo, Chaffinches, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warblers. From the bird tower we got great views of the Cuckoos chasing each other. A Marsh Harrier flew over the reedbed where we also had a brief view of a pair of Bearded Reedlings.

We headed to the coast for some new species on the list. We got Sandwich, Common and Little Tern breeding on the man made islands. Here we also had some nice waders in summer plumage: Dunlin, Red Knot and a Turnstone.

Our last stop was just north of Amsterdam, the meadows where full with Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks. In the small reserve we found two Garganey drakes, Savi’s Warbler, Bluethroat and many Reed Buntings.

The original plan was to go to the Oostvaardersplassen but we changed plans as Michael would love to see Greater Flamingo and 8 birds where present at Zeeland. We first went to a woodland to look for woodpeckers and songbirds. We got some great views on a male Black Woodpecker. There where many Greater Spotted Woodpeckers and a active Green Woodpecker but the Lesser and Middle Spotted where impossible to find as hard as we tried. Beside the woodpeckers we also got some good songbirds like Pied Flycatcher, Firecrest and on the field we had 4 thrush species together: Mistle and Song Thrush, Blackbird and a Fieldfare.

Just before we arrived at the spot where the Flamingo’s where seen Michael spotted them in a flock of Mute Swans on the water. We set up the telescope and a minute later they took off and flew to the reserve they’ve been the day before. Here we got them just at 50 meters away from us so it couldn’t be better. A bonus was a Little Gull that flew overhead.

We looked at the breeding site of the White-tailed Eagle but the nest was empty. Here we got Great and Little Egret and singing Greenfinch and Cetti’s Warbler.

We worked our way to the west visiting several good birding spots providing Arctic Terns, Kentish Plover, Velvet Scoter, Shag, Razorbill, Guillemot and Eider and many other birds.

It was time to head towards Utrecht where Michael was staying for the rest of the week. But we took a more scenic route to find some new birds. It was becoming tropical and the bird activity dropped. We got a Hobby flying overhead and two Purple Herons to end the day and tour with ending with 123 species of birds for the weekend.

We also encountered many Rabbits, European Hare, a Common Vole and Harbour Seal.

UK NL Latin
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Shag Kuifaalscholver Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Purperreiger Ardea purpurea
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
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
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Garganey Zomertaling Anas querquedula
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Eider Eider Somateria mollissima
Velvet Scoter Grote Zee-eend Melanitta fusca
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Hobby Boomvalk Falco subbuteo
Grey Partridge Patrijs Perdix perdix
Water Rail Waterral Rallus aquaticus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Grey Plover Zilverplevier Pluvialis squatarola
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Kentish Plover Strandplevier Charadrius alexandrinus
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Bar-tailed Godwit Rosse Grutto Limosa lapponica
Whimbrel Regenwulp Numenius phaeopus
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Greenshank Groenpootruiter Tringa nebularia
Ruddy Turnstone Steenloper Arenaria interpres
Red Knot Kanoet Calidris canutus
Sanderling Drieteenstrandloper Calidris alba
Dunlin Bonte Strandloper Calidris alpina
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
Little Gull Dwergmeeuw Larus minutus
Sandwich Tern Grote Stern Sterna sandvicensis
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern Noordse Stern Sterna paradisaea
Little Tern Dwergstern Sterna albifrons
Guillemot Zeekoet Uria aalge
Razorbill Alk Alca torda
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
Green Woodpecker Groene Specht Picus viridis
Sky Lark Veldleeuwerik Alauda arvensis
Sand Martin Oeverzwaluw Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Yellow Wagtail Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla flava
English Yellow Wagtail Engelse Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla flavissima
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Goldcrest Goudhaan Regulus regulus
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Dunnock Heggemus Prunella modularis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Fieldfare Kramsvogel Turdus pilaris
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Mistle Thrush Grote Lijster Turdus viscivorus
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
Marsh Warbler Bosrietzanger Acrocephalus palustris
Icterine Warbler Spotvogel Hippolais icterina
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
Spotted Flycatcher Grauwe Vliegenvanger Muscicapa striata
Pied Flycatcher Bonte Vliegenvanger Ficedula hypoleuca
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Black Redstart Zwarte Roodstaart Phoenicurus ochruros
Stonechat Roodborsttapuit Saxicola rubicola
Bearded Tit Baardman Panurus biarmicus
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
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
Tree Sparrow Ringmus Passer montanus
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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