20190623 Birding in the Green Hart of the Netherlands

20190623 Birding in the Green Hart of the Netherlands

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
literally everywhere.

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.

UK NL Latin
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
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
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Velvet Scoter Grote Zee-eend Melanitta fusca
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
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
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Green Sandpiper Witgat Tringa ochropus
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
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
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Cuckoo Koekoek Cuculus canorus
Tawny Owl Bosuil Strix aluco
Little Owl Steenuil Athene noctua
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
Kingfisher IJsvogel Alcedo atthis
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
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
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
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler Tuinfluiter Sylvia borin
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Black Redstart Zwarte Roodstaart Phoenicurus ochruros
Stonechat Roodborsttapuit Saxicola rubicola
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
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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