20190903 Greg Brown

20190903 Greg Brown

Full day Zeeland province
Guide: Joost Bouwmeester
Date: 3 September 2019

Greg visited our country for a second time to do a birding trip with Birding Netherlands. This time we went Ssouth to the Dutch Delta of Zeeland. I picked him up at 06:00 in the centre of Amsterdam and 1.5 hours later we arrived at the Brouwersdam. There was a strong wind and all the oystercatchers, ruddy turnstones and sanderlings hugged together to protect themselves. We came very close for they were not eager to fly under these conditions. Checked out some gulls but only common species were there like greater black-backed and lesser black-backed, herring and black-headed.

Up to the Prunjepolder now. We checked out all the wetlands for ducks, geese and waders. Hughes flocks of curlews were waiting for the tide to go down. Amongst them a few bar tailed godwits and a lot of common shelducks, avocets, common ringed plovers and Greg’s favourite bird; oystercatchers. There were only a few barnacle’s and greylags , but wait till you see the flocks in winter time: amazing ! On the fence we observed a family of stock dove for a while. And in the swamp a new bird for Greg: the common snipe.

This time we noticed a lot of little egrets in the Flaauwers and Wevers inlaag. They must have produced some youngsters somewhere. Finally the weather turned to the better. There are some small fields where special habitats are created to help the partridges. One must be lucky, we were not. Bussard, kestrel, stock dove, wood pigeon, linnet, goldfinch and grey heron were to be seen there. In the meantime the tide was low so a lot of waders were foraging outside on the mud plains of the Oosterschelde. So the area of the Koudekerksche Inlaag looked deserted. But in the small ponds and ditches we had a nice look at a couple of common greenshanks, common sandpipers and spotted redshanks.

The Schelphoek is always a place you should check out. It is a small representation of the habitat out on the Oosterschelde. Lots of birds for example, common greenshanks, common sandpipers, dunlin, common redshanks, oystercatchers, curlews, avocets, black-tailed – and bar-tailed godwit, spoonbills, common shelducks, common ringed plover, ruddy turnstones, spotted redshanks and the common- and sandwich terns. I was amazed the we missed out on so many birds of prey. So on our way back to Amsterdam we stopped at the Kwade Hoek. No peregrine or harrier but bingo: an osprey. Now Greg did not come all the way from Texas for an osprey. But spotting it in such a beautiful surrounding with thousands of birds on the mud plain, the sea with ships on the horizon and huge cumulus clouds in the sky is a bonus. He’ll be back to checkout our woodland birds and have a wonderful birding trip again. He’s sure about that, so we’ll meet again.

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
Little Egret Kleine Zilverreiger Egretta garzetta
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
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Osprey Visarend Pandion haliaetus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Kentish Plover Strandplevier Charadrius alexandrinus
Snipe Watersnip Gallinago gallinago
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Bar-tailed Godwit Rosse Grutto Limosa lapponica
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Greenshank Groenpootruiter Tringa nebularia
Common Sandpiper Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Steenloper Arenaria interpres
Sanderling Drieteenstrandloper Calidris alba
Dunlin Bonte Strandloper Calidris alpina
Common Gull Stormmeeuw Larus canus
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
Sandwich Tern Grote Stern Sterna sandvicensis
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Stock Pigeon Holenduif Columba oenas
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Jackdaw Kauw Corvus monedula
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina

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