20220603 Leiden

Gepubliceerd op 3 juni 2022 om 16:07

The parents of Costa were so kind to book a tour for their 7 year old fanatic birder. He kept on talking about all his birding experiences. It was so nice to be around such an energetic birder.


On our way we passed a big nest of a White Stork where we could see the heads of the young just sticking out. Our first stop was at a marshland and they were overwhelmed by the number of birds in the first 100 metres into the reserve: Linnets, Sedge Warbler, Stone Chats Lapwings and Swifts flying around.


Costa was studying all the birds I put on the telescope. When we got on the observation platform he was the first to see a pair of Red-crested Pochards. A Little Ringed Plover showed well in the scope and from the reed we could hear the Bluethroat, Sedge Warbler and Reed Buntings which showed well after waiting for a bit.


A Common Buzzard swept in and hovered at eye level next to the platform but quickly got chased away by the Lapwings before it could snatch one of their chicks. Directly after that we spotted a Honey Buzzard in the distance that was coming into our direction. We could compare it nicely with the Buzzard.


We then headed to a nearby forest. Here we saw a Greater Spotted Woodpecker but couldn’t locate his lesser cousin. Costa was also into insects but the breeding pile of Rhinoceros Beetles were attacked by Foxes digging for the fat larvae. The bird activity was getting less but still the Blackcaps and Nightingale kept singing.


Our last stop at the meadows provided sightings of Yellow Wagtails, Skylarks, Common Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits. Costa found the bird of the day for him, an adult Spoonbill walked out of the stream with the crest waving in the wind. A perfect end of the successful morning.

  1. Great-crested Grebe
  2. Great Cormorant
  3. Grey Heron
  4. White Stork
  5. Eurasian Spoonbill
  6. Mute Swan
  7. Greylag Goose
  8. Barnacle Goose
  9. Common Shelduck
  10. Gadwall
  11. Garganey
  12. Mallard
  13. Northern Shoveler
  14. Tufted Duck
  15. Honey Buzzard
  16. Common Buzzard
  17. Kestrel
  18. Moorhen
  19. Coot
  20. Oystercatcher
  21. Northern Lapwing
  22. Little Ringed Plover
  23. Black-tailed Godwit
  24. Common Redshank
  25. Common Gull
  26. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  27. Herring Gull
  28. Black-headed Gull
  29. Common Tern
  30. Stock Dove
  31. Wood Pigeon
  32. Collared Dove
  33. Common Cuckoo
  34. Common Swift
  35. Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  36. Skylark
  37. House Martin
  38. Barn Swallow
  39. White Wagtail
  40. Yellow Wagtail
  41. Meadow Pipit
  42. Wren
  43. Blackbird
  44. Song Thrush
  45. Grasshopper Warbler
  46. Sedge Warbler
  47. Chiffchaff
  48. Blackcap
  49. Garden Warbler
  50. Common Whitethroat
  51. European Robin
  52. Common Nightingale
  53. Bluethroat
  54. Stonechat
  55. Willow Tit
  56. Great Tit
  57. Blue Tit
  58. Nuthatch
  59. Short-toed Treecreeper
  60. Magpie
  61. Jackdaw
  62. Carrion Crow
  63. European Starling
  64. House Sparrow
  65. Chaffinch
  66. Linnet
  67. Reed Bunting
    *Egyptian Goose
    *Canada Goose