20190905 half day at the oostvaardersplassen

20190905 half day at the oostvaardersplassen

Half day birding at the Oostvaardersplassen
Guide: Cor Visser
Date: 5th of September 2019

The plan was to first go to the Jan van de Boschpad but due to the rain we drove on to the Grauwe Gans a hide on the Oostvaardersplassen. On the way to the hide we heard and saw Wren, Blackcap and Great plus Blue Tits. A large number of Northern Shoveler, Common Teal, Ruff and Avocets were present for the hide. A large part of the ducks were in the moult.

Two young White-tailed Eagles were eating a carp on the other side of the lake. At the top of a bare tree we saw a Merlin who was accompanied by a second bird. A young White-tailed Eagle decided to make a short flight which immediately caused great panic among the water birds. When the peace had returned, we saw a Marsh Harrier looking for prey just above the White-tailed Eagles. After spending quite some time in the hide, we decided to continue to the Kluut at the visitor center.

First a cup of coffee at the parking lot and of course with a Dutch stroopwafel which was enjoyed tasty.

Before we went to the hide we first had a quick stop in the visitor center for a sanitary stop. Then to the hide where various Pied Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Avocets were on site. Moments later a group of Ruff came flying in and a Common Redshank was walking on the edge of the lake and was wounded on one of his legs. In the distance another adult White-tailed Eagle approached the hide and give us a good view.

We decided to take a short walk in the area but due to the heavy rain we decided to return to the car. When we arrived at the car we saw a Reed Bunting on the fence. We continued our way across the Oostvaardersdijk to the Julianapad. Towards the hide we saw a single Reed Warbler. The Barn Swallows were present at the hide, who also have their nests there. There were a number of Sedge Warblers and a Linnet in the hide field. In the meantime it was already around noon and time to return to Amsterdam. At the Oostvaardersdiep, there were three Greater Black-backed Gulls outside of the many Great Cormorants. On the dike a number of Common Terns and Black Terns were present. After this we drove to the center of Amsterdam to drop off Cathy and Peter at their hotel.

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
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
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
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
White-tailed Eagle Zeearend Haliaeetus albicilla
Marsh-Harrier Bruine Kiekendief Circus aeruginosus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Merlin Smelleken Falco columbarius
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
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Green Sandpiper Witgat Tringa ochropus
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
Black Tern Zwarte Stern Chlidonias niger
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
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
Blackcap Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Blue Tit Pimpelmees Cyanistes caeruleus
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
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Hawfinch Appelvink Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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