20190705 target birding

20190705 target birding

Tartget Birding in the Netherlands
Guide: Arjan Dwarshuis
Date: 5th July 2019

At 5 AM sharp I picked up American birder Skyler and his wife Angelina from there hotel in Amsterdam. We drove straight to the Groene Jonker, a swampy reserve about half an hour south of Amsterdam. Skyler’s most-wanted bird for today was Bluethroat, so I decided this was the way to go.

After a couple of quick stops - Mediterranean Gull, Eurasian Spoonbill - we arrived at the reserve. Bird activity was high despite the time of the year, and we managed to find Marsh, Reed, Sedge, Grasshopper and Savi’s Warbler in quick succession, while Black Terns, Green Sandpipers and Marsh Harriers flew overhead and Ruffs foraged on the nearby mudflats. Bluethroat proved elusive - as can be expected this time a year - but eventually we managed frame-filling scope views of an exquisite looking male.

After ticking Icterine Warbler nearby we headed east. En route we were lucky enough to find a Eurasian Hobby perched on a electricity pole while stopping for gas.

Around 10 AM we arrived at the Blauwe Kamer near Rhenen. Here we were hoping to hear a Corncrake that was apparently lingering in the area. Luck was not on our side, but that didn’t matter to much as the scrubs and open grasslands were teeming with birdlife: Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and dozens of Marsh Warblers and best of all a flyby Yellow-legged Gull.

The Tawny Owl I had staked out was unfortunately not home, as were two other tawny’s later that day. Guess you guys will have a reason to come back. We did, however, find a terrific singing male Firecrest.

Next was a beautiful hike near Hoog Buurlo. Even though it was midday and bird activity had dropped dramatically, we still managed to find Pied Flycatcher, Marsh Tit and a singing Wood Warbler.

We finished our 100 species+ day with a 3rd summer Caspian Gull and a skulking Cetti’s Warbler along the Oostvaardersdijk, before I dropped Skyler and Angelina at their hotel around 5 PM, after 10 hours of birding!

UK NL Latin
Red-necked Grebe Roodhalsfuut Podiceps grisegena
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Little Egret Kleine Zilverreiger Egretta garzetta
White Stork Ooievaar Ciconia ciconia
Spoonbill Lepelaar Platalea leucorodia
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
White-fronted Goose Kolgans Anser albifrons
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
Garganey Zomertaling Anas querquedula
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Hobby Boomvalk Falco subbuteo
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
Whimbrel Regenwulp Numenius phaeopus
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Green Sandpiper Witgat Tringa ochropus
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Yellow-legged Gull Geelpootmeeuw Larus michahellis
Caspian Gull Pontische Meeuw Larus cachinans
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
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
Tree Pipit Boompieper Anthus trivialis
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Firecrest Vuurgoudhaan Regulus ignicapillus
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Dunnock Heggemus Prunella modularis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
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
Wood Warbler Fluiter Phylloscopus sibilatrix
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler Tuinfluiter Sylvia borin
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Lesser Whitethroat Braamsluiper Sylvia curruca
Pied Flycatcher Bonte Vliegenvanger Ficedula hypoleuca
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Redstart Gekraagde Roodstaart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Marsh Tit Glanskop Poecile palustris
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
Rook Roek Corvus frugilegus
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
Hawfinch Appelvink Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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