Just dutch birding I

September 2013
In September I went to the harbour town Poole in South England.
After a unexpected offer from The sound approach to reinforce the team
as a librarian at this year’s Birdfair I went to my first meeting with the guys.

Before and after these exciting, instructive and delightful days I spent
some days in the Netherlands with new friends mostly for birding with
Arnoud from The sound approach and Dutch Birding, respectively.

Arnoud showed me birding sites around Amsterdam and we twitched
amazing birds like: Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus, Western Rufous-tailed
Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes and in addition my long desired first ever
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus.

Western Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes,
Camperduin, Netherlands
the crowd in front of the bird

First we went to Texel, met up with photographer René Pop in his house,
which was very funny. After that we headed furtheron for the yellow browed’s,
not ignoring a nice flock of Eurasian Wigeons Anas penelope.

PFR09542, 1-10, 130925, Greylag Goose Anser anser, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos, Eurasian Wigeon Anas penolope, calls,
Texel, Netherlands, Telinga parabolic reflector

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope

Arend Wassink had found several YBW’s in the morning and he guided us
to the most promising locations.
Unfortunately it was late and the birds became apparently silent. After a while
happely Arend found two of them. A big thankyou for that!!!

It was great to meet him personally. In 2011 we had longer email conversations
about Kazakhstan and I ceded him some sound recordings for his website
The Birds of Kazakhstan.

PFR09544, 2-10, 130925, Yellow-browed warbler Phylloscopus inornatus, call,
Texel, Netherlands, Telinga parabolic reflector

After getting the message of a present Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
near Rotterdam we found us back in the car heading for Arnouds dutch tick
– with full succes!
In a nice area nearby were some YBW’s and in addition a Arctic Warbler
Phylloscopus borealis. The noise from the harbour close-by and the present
crowd discouraged me to make sound recordings there.

Alternatively please listen to a recording of a breeding bird in Mongolia:

PFR07756, Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis, call,
Erdenesant, Mongolia, Telinga parabolic reflector

Another famous place we visited were the Kennemerduinen near Sandpoort.
Sound approach’s Magnus and Arnoud spent a lot of time here recording
flight calls of migrants for the Dutch Birding/The sound approach collaboration
CD Out of the blue.

Unfortunately the noise from the harbour was blown through the whole area
and again I wasn’t really motivated depending on the situation.
A roosting Grey plover Pluvialis squatarola gave weak calls and a overflying
songbird raised my attention
. I thought it was a Serin Serinus serinus but
Roy Slaterus (counting migrants for Trektellen closeby) identified it
immediately as a Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus.
Wow! My first recording of this species in flight. Many thanks to Roy!

PFR07946, 1-11, 130927, Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus, calls in flight,
Kemnerdueninen, Netherlands, Telinga parabolic reflector

Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus

Last but not least we spent some time with Peter Nuyten, physiotherapist,
dedicated birder
and sound recordist. Furthermore he is a very keen
and microphon builder.

Many thanks especially to Cecilia and Arnoud for beeing our host!

photo credits:
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope © Mathias Putze | Green Lens
Western Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes © Arnoud B. van den Berg | The sound approach
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope © Mathias Putze | Green Lens

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope © Mathias Putze | Green Lens
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus © Mathias Putze | Green Lens
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus © Mathias Putze | Green Lens