TERSCHELLING - THE NETHERLANDS:

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28 FEBRUARY - 3 MARCH 2003

 

During the last weekend of February 2003 we paid a long-weekend visit to the island of Terschelling together with our local birding group. Terschelling is one of the Wadden Islands located in the Wadden Sea just north of the province of Friesland. The ferry to the island leaves from the town of Harlingen and takes about two hours. Harlingen is about a 1 hours drive from Amsterdam. From our home in the south of Holland it took about 2 hours. Generally there are about 6 to 8 ferries per day. There is also a possibility to take the fast ferry which takes about 45 minutes. The boat trip itself is already a nice starting point for birding opportunities and you will probably see seals on the sandbars at low tide. The island has enough choice in accomodations and restaurants, and once on the island all birding spots can be easily reached by bycicle. During winter the island is teeming with wintering waders, ducks and geese.


 

 

 

Species List

 

 

Between brackets = approx. number of birds recorded

                           

  1.  

Great Crested Grebe (5)

Fuut

  1.  

Great Cormorant (2)

Aalscholver

  1.  

Mute Swan (5)

Knobbelzwaan

  1.  

Greylag Goose (500+)

Grauwe Gans

  1.  

Canada Goose (3)

Canadese Gans

  1.  

Barnacle Goose (50+)

Brandgans

  1.  

Brant (500+)

Rotgans

  1.  

Common Shelduck (50+)

Bergeend

  1.  

Eurasian Wigeon (100+)

Smient

  1.  

Gadwall (10)

Krakeend

  1.  

Green-winged Teal (30+)

Wintertaling

  1.  

Mallard (100+)

Wilde Eend

  1.  

Northern Pintail (50+)

Pijlstaart

  1.  

Northern Shoveler (2)

Slobeend

  1.  

Common Pochard (15+)

Tafeleend

  1.  

Tufted Duck (15+)

Kuifeend

  1.  

Common Eider (400+)

Eidereend

  1.  

Common Goldeneye (6)

Brilduiker

  1.  

Red-breasted Merganser (1)

Middelste Zaagbek

  1.  

Gray Heron (4)

Blauwe Reiger

  1.  

Eurasian Spoonbill (4)

Lepelaar

  1.  

Northern Harrier (7)

Blauwe Kiekendief

  1.  

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (1)

Sperwer

  1.  

Common Buzzard (4)

Buizerd

  1.  

Rough-legged Buzzard (4)

Ruigpoot Buizerd

  1.  

Eurasian Kestrel (3)

Torenvalk

  1.  

Peregrine Falcon (5)

Slechtvalk

  1.  

Ring-necked Pheasant (5)

Fazant

  1.  

Common Moorhen (5)

Waterhoen

  1.  

Eurasian Coot (200+)

Meerkoet

  1.  

Common Snipe (1)

Watersnip

  1.  

Eurasian Curlew (200+)

Wulp

  1.  

Spotted Redshank (2)

Zwarte ruiter

  1.  

Common Redshank (50+)

Tureluur

  1.  

Ruddy Turnstone (25+)

Steenloper

  1.  

Sanderling (20+)

Drieteen Strandloper

  1.  

Dunlin (50+)

Bonte Strandloper

  1.  

Eurasian Oystercatcher (500+)

Scholekster

  1.  

European Golden-Plover (150+)

Goudplevier

  1.  

Common Ringed Plover (5)

Bontbekplevier

  1.  

Northern Lapwing (500+)

Kiviet

  1.  

Mew Gull (100+)

Stormmeeuw

  1.  

Great Black-backed Gull (25+)

Grote Mantelmeeuw

  1.  

Herring Gull (100+)

Zilvermeeuw

  1.  

Lesser Black-backed Gull (5)

Kleine Mantelmeeuw

  1.  

Black-headed Gull (50+)

Kokmeeuw

  1.  

Common Guillemot (2)

Zeekoet

  1.  

Stock Pigeon (10+)

Holenduif

  1.  

Common Wood Pigeon (20+)

Houtduif

  1.  

Eurasian Collared Dove (5)

Turkse Tortel

  1.  

Black-billed Magpie (30+)

Ekster

  1.  

Eurasian Jackdaw (25+)

Kauw

  1.  

Rook (10)

Roek

  1.  

Carrion Crow (50+)

Kraai

  1.  

Eurasian Blackbird (50+)

Merel

  1.  

Fieldfare (30+)

Kramsvogel

  1.  

Redwing (6)

Koperwiek

  1.  

Song Thrush (8)

Zanglijster

  1.  

Mistle Thrush (2)

Grote Lijster

  1.  

European Starling (100+)

Spreeuw

  1.  

European Robin (4)

Roodborstje

  1.  

Whinchat (2)

Paapje

  1.  

Stonechat (1)

Roodborsttapuit

  1.  

Eurasian Treecreeper (2)

Boomkruiper

  1.  

Winter Wren (4)

Winterkoninkje

  1.  

Long-tailed Tit (20)

Staartmees

  1.  

Goldcrest (10)

Goudhaantje

  1.  

Willow Tit (1)

Matkop

  1.  

Great Tit (10)

Koolmees

  1.  

Blue Tit (10)

Pimpelmees

  1.  

Sky Lark (10)

Veldleeuwerik

  1.  

House Sparrow (10)

Huismus

  1.  

White Wagtail (1)

Bonte Kwikstaart

  1.  

Tree Pipit (2)

Boompieper

  1.  

Meadow Pipit (100+)

Graspieper

  1.  

Common Chaffinch (10+)

Vink

  1.  

European Greenfinch (2)

Groenling

  1.  

Eurasian Siskin (25+)

Sijs

  1.  

European Goldfinch (5)

Putter

  1.  

Eurasian Linnet (1)

Kneu

  1.  

Yellowhammer (1)

Geelgors

  1.  

Reed Bunting (3)

Rietgors

  1.  

Corn Bunting (1)

Grauwe Gors

 

 

 


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