The days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting in the lower numbers, the signal for migrating birds to head south. The Netherlands has a long coastline along the North Sea which is a barrier for migrating land birds. They follow the coastline and this is where to go in the autumn months. When the wind comes from the west seabirds like gannets, shearwaters, skuas, and petrels are forced to the shores while smaller birds look for shelter in bays and harbors.
If there are milder conditions, especially with winds from the east, thousands of small birds are flying south at night. In the morning they land on suitable habitats. The bushes can be loaded with small passerines like finches, thrushes, tits, flycatchers and other warblers. In the grasslands Stonechats and Whinchats are looking for insects. It's always the challenge to find interesting birds like Red-backed Shrike, Yellow-browed Warbler, Wryneck or Hoopoe.