20200313 Full Day Target Birding

20200313 Full Day Target Birding

Full day guided Birding in South West of the Netherlands
Guide: Hans Overduin
Date: 13 March 2020

After picking up Andy (a very experience birder from the UK, and a frequent visitor to The Netherlands) from the ferry we quickly drove south to a place where hoped to find some woodpeckers. Shortly after arriving we already found one of the target species, Middle Spotted Woodpecker (and we found three other individuals as well). We got very good views and were able to make some shots. Song Thrush and Nuthatches were calling loudly all the time, giving a sense of Spring. Among other species we got good views of Eurasian Treecreepers, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and plenty of Blue- and Great Tits. Above us we saw Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard and Goshawk. For a while we tried to find Lesser Woodpecker and Black Woodpecker, which unfortunately we saw nor heard this time (although we figured we heard a brief flight call from the BW).

After coffee and a ‘stroopwafel’ we moved on to another of Andy’s target species, Smew, of which we found two females. The first of intended ‘new ticks’ on Andy’s list for The Netherlands.

After driving for aprox. 30 minutes we found a couple White-tailed Eagles flying around their nest. An amazing experience to see two in one frame ! They gave a show of some 10 minutes, after which one landed on the nest and the other disappeared from view. At that moment we had some European Spoonbills flying by. In and near the waters we saw Tufted Ducks, Coots, Goldeneye and Great White Egrets.

Our next stop was to (Chilean) Flamingo’s, always a nice treat in The Netherlands during winter. We got good views as well of a hoovering Kestrel (of which we saw at least 45 during the day) and had our lunch in the sun, shielded from the winds.

We drove smoothly to a place where we hoped to find another one of Andy’s ‘tick’ targets for his Dutch list: Grey Partridge. After searching for a short while, we found a couple and had extremely good views of the pair. Another cup of coffee and off to another tick/highlight: Long-eared Owls, of which we found five roosting in a tree. The birds were very relaxed and we could observe them very nicely and take some shots as well.

Then we already head to go to our last stop: at the shore near The Hague we wanted to see Purple Sandpipers. We found two that very cooperative and gave us ample opportunity for viewing and photographing. As we left the harbour for Andy’s hotel, we saw a last-minute Red-throated Loon – a bit far away, but good enough for viewing through our binoculars. All in all a good birding day, and a great start for Andy’s weekend in The Netherlands.

Red-throated Diver
Little Grebe
Great-crested Grebe
Great Cormorant
Grey Heron
Great Egret
Eurasian Spoonbill
Greater Flamingo
Mute Swan
Greylag Goose
Canada Goose
Barnacle Goose
Common Shelduck
Mallar
Common Pochard
Tufted Duck
Goldeneye
Smew
White-tailed Eagle
Marsh Harrier
Northern Goshawk
Common Buzzard
Kestrel
Grey Partridge
Moorhen
Coot
Northern Lapwing
Eurasian Snipe
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Purple Sandpiper
Common Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Stock Dove
Wood Pigeon
Long-eared Owl
Middle Spotted Woodpecker
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Wren
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Chiffchaff
European Robin
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Nuthatch
Eurasian Treecreeper
Eurasian Jay
Magpie
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Startling
Chaffinch
*Ring-necked Pheasant
*Egyptian Goose
*Ring-necked Parakeet
*Black Swan

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