20190729 Full Day at the Oostvaardersplassen

20190729 Full Day at the Oostvaardersplassen

Full day birding at the Oostvaardersplassen
Guide: Cor Visser
Date 29th of July 2019

Monday morning, July 29, I was early in the center of Amsterdam to pick up Chris and his wife an English couple who have been living in Amsterdam for some time. For them it was the first time for a bird excursion.

We drove out of Amsterdam at 05:45 am in the direction of the Oostvaardersplassen. Fortunately it was very quiet on the road thanks to the holiday period. The first stop on the Oostvaardersdijk yielded outside Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Tufted Ducks, Lesser Black-backed Gull and a few Great Crested Grebe.

On our next stop we saw a number of young Bearded Reedling, a few Great Egret and some different species of ducks.Then on to the Lepelaarplassen, on our way to the hide we saw among others Dunnock, Robin, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler etc.

When we arrived in the hide it was very quiet with visitors. A young White-tailed Eagle had already been seen on one of the islands. After some searching we got a good view in the telescope of that massive youngbird. There were also the necessary duck species on the water as well Great Egret and Little Grebe.

Back at the parking it was time for coffee and of course a stroopwafel. In the meantime the temperature started to rise and we decided to continue by car with the air conditioning on.

Arriving at the next hide we saw a Buzzard flying away. In front of the hide we saw various waders, Avocet, Ruff, Spotted Redshank and a large group of young Bearded Readling and also a Bluethroat that was in the moult. After a walk through the area we went for a lunch in the shop.

After about half an hour we drove on to the next hide. The Kingfisher showed itself beautifully here. At one point the Greylag Geese and ducks flew into the air, resulting in a beautiful spectacle. We could not see why they suddenly went up in the air, but I suspect a raptor flew over. After a while when the peace had returned we walk back to the car and quietly drove back over the Oostvaardersdijk to Amsterdam.

We drove a little north of Amsterdam to show some places that Chris can easily visit by bike. This beautiful day also came to an end and I dropped off Chris and his wife in the center of Amsterdam.We didn’t see so many species during the day but it was partly due the high temperature.

UK NL Latin
Little Grebe Dodaars Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Great Egret Grote Zilverreiger Ardea alba
Little Egret Kleine Zilverreiger Egretta garzetta
Spoonbill Lepelaar Platalea leucorodia
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
Dark-bellied Brent Rotgans Branta bernicla
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Golden-Plover Goudplevier Pluvialis apricaria
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Greenshank Groenpootruiter Tringa nebularia
Common Sandpiper Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
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
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Whiskered Tern Witwangstern Chlidonias hybridus
Stock Pigeon Holenduif Columba oenas
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Cuckoo Koekoek Cuculus canorus
Kingfisher IJsvogel Alcedo atthis
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Dunnock Heggemus Prunella modularis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Willow Warbler Fitis Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Bluethroat Blauwborst Luscinia cyanecula
Black Redstart Zwarte Roodstaart Phoenicurus ochruros
Bearded Reedling Baardman Panurus biarmicus
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
Jay Gaai Garrulus glandarius
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Huismus Passer domesticus
Tree Sparrow Ringmus Passer montanus
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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