20190802 Wadden Sea tour

20190802 Wadden Sea tour

Full day birding at the Wadden Sea and IJsselmeer
Giode: Arjan Dwarshuis
Date 2nd August 2019

At 05:15 I picked Jon up from his hotel near Schiphol Airport. We headed north and and an hour later we arrived at our first birding site (Dijkgatsweide) just after sunrise. Weather conditions were perfect (hardly any wind, now and then some rain) and subsequently we picked up a lot of good birds. We kicked off with great views of a singing Grasshopper Warbler, quickly followed by a couple a Hawfinches and a Green Woodpecker. Waders where plentiful with Little ringed, Ringed and Golden Plover, a Little stint and a couple of Wood and Green Sandpipers. As it got warmer we picked up Northern Goshawk, Eurasian sparrowhawk and a pair of Honey-Buzzards over the forest.

We crossed the Afsluitdijk and drove to Westhoek, where we waited for the tide to come in. Hundreds of thousand of birds gradually came closer and before we knew it we had unprecedented numbers of wader right at our feet. Lots of Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stints, Dunlins, Sanderlings, Knots, Eurasian Curlews, Avocets and Redshanks, but a best of all a smashing Broad-billed Sandpiper, a local rarity.

From Westhoek we drove all the way to the Oostvaardersplassen (Rook en route), where we had a sit-down lunch at the visitors centre. Even here we picked up some new species including Caspian Gull and Greenshank.

After lunch we had a very productive walk around the Oostvaardersveld with Common Kingfisher, Willow Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Eurasian Nuthatch, Marsh Warbler and many more.

We finished along the Oostvaardersdijk where Little and Yellow-legged Gull were our 7th and 8th species of gull for the day. Other highlights where a distant White-tailed Eagle several Bearded Reedling, Ruddy Shelduck and loads of fresh water waders like Ruff, Spotted Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit.

We finished at 6 PM with 114 species under the belt. Not bad for the beginning of August.

UK NL Latin
Great Crested Grebe Fuut Podiceps cristatus
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
Barnacle Goose Brandgans Branta leucopsis
Ruddy Shelduck Casarca Tadorna ferruginea
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
Honey-buzzard Wespendief Pernis apivorus
White-tailed Eagle Zeearend Haliaeetus albicilla
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Northern Goshawk Havik Accipiter gentilis
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Water Rail Waterral Rallus aquaticus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Golden-Plover Goudplevier Pluvialis apricaria
Grey Plover Zilverplevier Pluvialis squatarola
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Snipe Watersnip Gallinago gallinago
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Bar-tailed Godwit Rosse Grutto Limosa lapponica
Whimbrel Regenwulp Numenius phaeopus
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Greenshank Groenpootruiter Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper Witgat Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Bosruiter Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Steenloper Arenaria interpres
Red Knot Kanoet Calidris canutus
Sanderling Drieteenstrandloper Calidris alba
Little Stint Kleine Strandloper Calidris minuta
Curlew Sandpiper Krombekstrandloper Calidris ferruginea
Dunlin Bonte Strandloper Calidris alpina
Broad-billed Sandpiper Breedbekstrandloper Limicola falcinellus
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
Great Black-backed Gull Grote Mantelmeeuw Larus marinus
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
Little Gull Dwergmeeuw Larus minutus
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
Kingfisher IJsvogel Alcedo atthis
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Green Woodpecker Groene Specht Picus viridis
Sand Martin Oeverzwaluw Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Yellow Wagtail Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla flava
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
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
Grasshopper Warbler Sprinkhaanzanger Locustella naevia
Sedge Warbler Rietzanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Marsh Warbler Bosrietzanger Acrocephalus palustris
Willow Warbler Fitis Phylloscopus trochilus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler Tuinfluiter Sylvia borin
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Spotted Flycatcher Grauwe Vliegenvanger Muscicapa striata
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Redstart Gekraagde Roodstaart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Stonechat Roodborsttapuit Saxicola rubicola
Bearded Reedling Baardman Panurus biarmicus
Willow Tit Matkop Poecile montanus
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
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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