20191120 two day guided birding

20191120 two day guided birding

Two day guided birding tour
Guide: Hans Overduin
Date 20 and 21 November 2019


The day starts (and stays) with clear skies, with only a little wind: a perfect November day for birding.

After picking up Candida and Karin (USA) in the center of Amsterdam, we quickly leave this buzzling city and drive north towards the Wieringermeer. Today we’ll go and look for a variety of birds, but focus first on wintering ducks and geese. The first birds we really stop to see are Shelducks, feeding on a stretch of farmland. Over the day Candida is more and more surprised by how many water- and shore birds can be seen on land (think of Oystercatchers and Ruddy Turnstones)! Quickly after that we find a group of Tundra Bean Geese, the specialty of this area. We follow the shorelines and check all good places for birds. Over the day we manage to collect all the expected-to-see species of Geese (Tundra Bean, Greylag, Barnacle, Canada, Dark-bellied Brent and White Fronted) as quite a number of ducks (large groups of Tufted Ducks and also a fair number of Wigeons, Scaup, Common Pochard and of course Mallards). We get a surprise fly-by from a female Hen Harrier, which is always a treat. Leaving the waters for what they are, we visit a small town to see Long-eared Owls. Since they are perched a little high up in a pine tree and we have the light against us, we decide to visit another place for them later. For a short while we try to locate two Bohemian Waxwings that have been reported earlier in the morning, but they do not show themselves when we are there, unfortunately. After eating our lunch we go and search for some more water birds, and find what’s one the highlights of the day: a fair number of Red-crested Pochards (male and female)! At the same location we see an incredible number of Coots grouping together on the water! (With only limited time left to sunset, we drive back south again, but not before we have watched a Kestrel performing its distinct ‘hoovering’ act, which is always a spectacular sight. After making one more stop to see no less than 11 Long-eared Owls perched in one tree, we drive to the hotel for the night, situated in the middle of the dune landscape near Wassenaar.


After breakfast, we first tour the area around the hotel. Although a little quiet, we can add Little Grebe, Wren and Gold Crest to our list. After that we drive to a nearby forest, where we are able to see a hunting female Sparrowhawk, and at a pond Gadwall, Shoveler and Moorhen – all three up close. Also, we see a cormorant hunting for fish, only at 4 meter distance from us. After a little walk we find no less than two Tawny Owls, perched nicely at their respective cavity! A real highlight! After that we move for a quick visit to the Harbor of Scheveningen , where we see Great Black-backed Gull, some Purple Sandpipers, a Rock Pipit and… surprise, surprise: a Common Kingfisher that is waiting for us at the harbor entrance. After coffee and some food, we tour the environment and go in search for Teal, of which we find a group of 20 that also give us a fly-by shows. We get to see once more a Kestrel hunting, and a little later a close view at it from the car. Alas, at that point we hve to head back to Amsterdam, but can look back at a pleasant and relaxed birding trip!

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
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
Tundra Bean Goose Toendrarietgans Anser rossicus
White-fronted Goose Kolgans Anser albifrons
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
Canada Goose Canadese Gans Branta canadensis
Barnacle Goose Brandgans Branta leucopsis
Dark-bellied Brent Rotgans Branta bernicla
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Wigeon Smient Anas penelope
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Red-crested Pochard Krooneend Netta rufina
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Scaup Topper Aythya marila
Hen Harrier Blauwe Kiekendief Circus cyaneus
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Snipe Watersnip Gallinago gallinago
Curlew Wulp Numenius arquata
Ruddy Turnstone Steenloper Arenaria interpres
Purple Sandpiper Paarse Strandloper Calidris maritima
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
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Tawny Owl Bosuil Strix aluco
Long-eared Owl Ransuil Asio otus
Kingfisher IJsvogel Alcedo atthis
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Rock Pipit Oeverpieper Anthus petrosus
Goldcrest Goudhaan Regulus regulus
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
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
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch Groenling Carduelis chloris

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