Top of Holland

Target birds:

  • Ruff
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Montague's Harrier
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Red-breasted Goose
  • many species of waders

Although the majority of our tours start from the larger cities of airports we do visit the top of Holland. These are the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. It's at least a two hour drive from Amsterdam but it's worth the trouble.


The top birding areas can be found here like Workumerwaard, Lauwersmeer, Zuidlaardermeer, Fochterloerveen and the Wadden Sea. Here you find birds that don't breed anywhere else in the Netherlands like Montegu's Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Ruff, Red-necked Grebe, Whiskered- and White-winged Black Tern.


With the Wadden Sea and Lauwersmeer you can make sure to find most waders here. In late summer you can see Gull-billed and Caspian Terns who bring and feed their young preparing for their migration.


In the winter it's a great place to observe ducks and geese and you have a chance to come across scarcer birds like Merlin, Rough-legged Buzzard, Twite, Shore Lark or the family of Red-breasted Geese.