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Guided Birding Tour Central Netherlands
Guide: Lesley van Loo
Date: Sunday 23 June
I was at around 05:30 in Amsterdam to pick up Sam Sudar from Seatle to go birding for a day, it promised to be a very warm day so we wanted to start early.
On our way to the first location to try to find Little Owls we already got some nice species like Black Redstart, Icterine Warbler, Blackcap. And we got a close view of two Great Crested Grebes on and near the nest. We also saw some Hares and those weren't the last Hares we saw that day, we saw them
When we arrived at the Little Owl Sam saw something flying into a tree, the description sounded like Little Owl, luckily he saw it landing so we could find it hiding in the tree. After that we went to see the Black Terns, and on the way there we saw a Weasel that wanted to cross the road, when it saw us it quickly went back into the high grass, we waited for a while hoping that it would show itself again but it didn't.
The Black Terns were feeding the chicks, awesome to watch. Here among others we also got sight of a cuckoo that got picked on by a warbler and a Purple Heron flew by, another Icterine warbler showed itself.
We went to another location to look voor Stonechat, when we arrived we heard a Kingfisher, unfortunately it didn't show itself, the Stonechat did beautifully and here we also got Bluethroat and Reed Bunting. A Savi's Warbler was singing in the distance but we didn't manage to see it.
We continued our way and it was rather quiet, probably due to the weather because it was already pretty hot but we managed to see quite some new species like Spoonbill, Ruff, Mediterranean Gull and Black-tailed Godwit.
Because it was really hot we decided to try for Tawny Owl in the shades of the forest but along the way just going to check if there was something at Waverveen. Overthere a Water Rail was calling very close to the path, although it sounded it was nearly under our feet we didn't see it. Close to where we were
there was a sighting of a Velvet Scoter so we decided to check it out, it was very far away but we did manage to see it.
The last stop was the forest where we were hoping for the Tawny Owl to show, when we arrived it was already present but we could only see it's head stick out of the hole. We went for a walk to see some other forest birds, for example we saw Jay, Short-toed Treecreeper and Nuthatch. A beautiful light Common
Buzzard landed in a tree and took off again a bit later.
When walkin to the car we passed the Tawny Owl again and now it was sitting a bit higher showing itself in full. A lot of stroopwafels later I dropped Sam off at his hotel again with 78 species of birds in the pocket (from which 74 seen and Kingfisher, Waterrail, Savi's Warbler and Cetti's Warbler only heard) a lot of
hares and a beautiful little Weasel.
|Great Crested Grebe||Fuut||Podiceps cristatus|
|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|
|Mute Swan||Knobbelzwaan||Cygnus olor|
|Greylag Goose||Grauwe Gans||Anser anser|
|Canada Goose||Canadese Gans||Branta canadensis|
|Mallard||Wilde Eend||Anas platyrhynchos|
|Tufted Duck||Kuifeend||Aythya fuligula|
|Velvet Scoter||Grote Zee-eend||Melanitta fusca|
|Marsh-Harrier||Bruine Kiekendief||Circus aeruginosus|
|Water Rail||Waterral||Rallus aquaticus|
|Black-tailed Godwit||Grutto||Limosa limosa|
|Green Sandpiper||Witgat||Tringa ochropus|
|Great Black-backed Gull||Grote Mantelmeeuw||Larus marinus|
|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|
|Collared-Dove||Turkse Tortel||Streptopelia decaocto|
|Tawny Owl||Bosuil||Strix aluco|
|Little Owl||Steenuil||Athene noctua|
|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|
|Song Thrush||Zanglijster||Turdus philomelos|
|Cetti's Warbler||Cetti's Zanger||Cettia cetti|
|Savi's Warbler||Snor||Locustella luscinioides|
|Sedge Warbler||Rietzanger||Acrocephalus schoenobaenus|
|Reed-Warbler||Kleine Karekiet||Acrocephalus scirpaceus|
|Icterine Warbler||Spotvogel||Hippolais icterina|
|Willow Warbler||Fitis||Phylloscopus trochilus|
|Garden Warbler||Tuinfluiter||Sylvia borin|
|Black Redstart||Zwarte Roodstaart||Phoenicurus ochruros|
|Great Tit||Koolmees||Parus major|
|Blue Tit||Pimpelmees||Cyanistes caeruleus|
|Short-toed Treecreeper||Boomkruiper||Certhia brachydactyla|
|Carrion Crow||Zwarte Kraai||Corvus corone|
|House Sparrow||Huismus||Passer domesticus|
|Reed Bunting||Rietgors||Emberiza schoeniclus|