Weather forecast for Birding in the Netherlands

For birders and birds the weather is an important influence for their behavior. As the first follows the second it's a good thing to understand how the weather influences the behavior of birds. Both don't like rain so it's worth to check the radar if it stays dry for the next few hours. Another big influence is the wind, which direction will be the most productive:

Winds from the west are very good for watching seabirds mainly from late August to the beginning of November you might have a chance for shearwaters, storm-petrels, skuas, fulmars, gannets, divers are forced by the winds towards the shore. In the winter you can see auklets, grebes, divers and even some gannets or fulmars with strong winds.

When the wind comes from the east it's worth to keep an eye on the sky for migrating passerines. After a clear night you can seen thousands of migrating songbirds along the coastlines. The wind then forces them to the coast that is a boundary as they don't want to fly over large stretches of water.

Tailwinds help migrating birds to save energy on their migration. So during spring wind from a more southern direction help small migrant to fly north (at night) ans visa versa in autumn.

Northern winds productive in autumn for the Wadden Islands. It helps migratant from Scandinavia to cross the North Sea and if the winds getting stronger it forces seabirds to the shores that are out on the North Sea.

Hotspots for migrating seabirds are Westkapelle, Maasvlakte, Scheveningen en Petten. For songbirds you can stay on lookouts along the North Sea coastline. Here you can find more information about recent migration counts.

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Below you find the timetable of the sunrise and sunset in the Netherlands. As birding is most productive it's key to be at sites at sunrise when birds are most active and activity of other people is at it's lowest.

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