20190617 Amsterdam half day tour

20190617 Amsterdam half day tour

Short bird trip from Amsterdam
Guide: Arjan Dwarshuis
Date: 17 June 2019

Janet was already waiting in front of her hotel lobby when I parked my car out front around noon (she had arrived at Schiphol Airport two hours earlier and the next day she would head for Svalbard, Norway!). After a quick introduction we headed for the Groene Jonker, a fantastic little reserve about 25 minutes drive from Amsterdam.

We made several stops en route, which resulted in a obliging flock of Spoonbills, several Mediterranean Gulls and a pair of White Storks.

It was hot at the Groene Jonker and as the sun burned down relentlessly upon us we made our way across the small trail that zigzags through the reserve. We played hide-and-seek with several Bluethroat, had fantastic scope views of Marsh-, Sedge-, and Reed Warbler and enjoyed a pair of Black-necked Grebe on the open water.

Raptors were quite plentiful, probably because of the hot weather and the abundant turmoil updrafts. We noted Marsh Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Eurasian Kestrel ands a Peregrine, all in quick succession.

After two and a half hours in the reserve we managed to see well over 60 species including a stellar variety of waterfowl and waders, but the undoubted highlight was finding a Grasshopper Warbler singing from a dense clump of grass and allowing fantastic scope views.

After some thee and cookies we headed back to Amsterdam, but not before finding a beautiful Icterine Warbler.

UK NL Latin
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Black-necked Grebe Geoorde Fuut Podiceps nigricollis
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
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
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Northern Goshawk Havik Accipiter gentilis
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
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
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
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Sand Martin Oeverzwaluw Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Grey Wagtail Grote Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla cinerea
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
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
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
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
Tree Sparrow Ringmus Passer montanus
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina

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