Southern Netherlands

This part we account the provinces of Limburg to the souhteast, Noord Brabant in the central south and Zeeland in the Southwest. If you would like to do some quality birding it would be best to reserve a full day for the province of Limburg or Zeeland itself because there's much to see in these areas.

The province of Limburg lies in the southeast and is for Dutch understandings quiet a drive (about three hours by car from Amsterdam). The best time to visit is early spring when there are less leaves on the trees then later in the season. This is the time to see woodpeckers where at some site you can see all four of them. Black Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greater-, Middle- and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. These old forest are also good to find Tawny Owl, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest, Hawfinch, Bullfinch and Yellowhammer. In the quarry's it's worth to scan the walls carefully for breeding Eagle Owl, Little Owl and we have been lucky with views of Beach Marten and Red Kite.

On the open field you can find large flocks of wintering Yellow Hammers, Reed Bunting, Chaffinches, Brambling, Green- and Goldfinches. With these groups of wintering seed eaters you have to look carefully for Corn Bunting or Serin. Down the valleys it's worth to take a walk along the streams where you can find Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and sometimes Dipper.