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A typical Dutch landscape with a windmill and birds. Photo by guide Godfried Schreur.
The first Birds & Art tour to Holland was designed and build upon two main pillars: Birding and Art, and one secondary theme: Water-management and Engineering.
The birding was great! Highlights were the fantastic observations of Bearded Reedling, Smew, Red-crested Pochard, Red-breasted Goose and the obliging Tawny Owl, and the massive numbers of waterfowl in general. We must have seen over a hundred thousand birds! We saw a reasonably good variety of species, having in mind that it's a winter tour in a northern destination.
The art experience was awesome, as we visited 4 top-notch museums of the Netherlands: the Mauritshuis, Kröller Muller, Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. The Mauritshuis was appreciated enormously, with some outstanding paintings of Vermeer like the “Girl with the Pearl Earring” and “View of Delft” in combination with a good guide and a pleasant ambiance. The Kröller Muller museum was also a positive surprise with a fantastic collection of paintings and sketches of Van Gogh, based in the heart of a National Park.
On the other hand, we visited some impressive dikes, dams, sluice-locks, polders, windmills and the natural dunes, all elements which play an important role in the battle of the Dutch against the water, the never ceasing struggle in order to keep the feet dry in the lowlands.
Furthermore, while traveling through Holland, I realized that there was another theme that surprised you and attracted your positive attention. That theme is the way the Dutch deal with nature in such a small and densely populated country like the Netherlands. We saw examples of the new development of nature in agricultural areas, the opening of the dams for conservation purposes, the creation of new islands for wildlife to take over. It seems like in Holland, we really take it seriously. Everyone was delighted to see that the conservation, regeneration and development of nature, wildlife and biodiversity is put into practice.
This was the first Field Guides Birds & Art tour to Holland, and I must admit that I was a bit nervous at the start, but I think that I may conclude that the tour was hugely successful. The program, the itinerary, the birding areas, the museums, the logistics, the hotels, restaurants, the transport, the balance and the flow, it all worked out very well. Even the weather was great! Thanks to Christine, our perfect tour manager, our ground agent, our friendly and safe drivers and Jay VanderGaast who did a great job co-guiding this tour with me!
And last but not least, I loved our group. I couldn't have wished for more friendly, patient and good humored guests! You were all great! A big thank you to you all!
KEYS FOR THIS LIST
One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
GRAYLAG GOOSE (EUROPEAN) (Anser anser anser)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Anser albifrons)
TUNDRA BEAN-GOOSE (Anser serrirostris)
Brant (Dark-bellied) in flight. Photo by guide Godfried Schreur.
BRANT (DARK-BELLIED) (Branta bernicla bernicla)
BRANT (ATLANTIC) (Branta bernicla hrota)
Barnacle Goose occurs in great numbers in Holland. Photo by guide Godfried Schreur.
BARNACLE GOOSE (Branta leucopsis)
CANADA GOOSE (Branta canadensis) [I]
RED-BREASTED GOOSE (Branta ruficollis)
MUTE SWAN (Cygnus olor)
This peaceful Mute Swan was photographed by guest Mary Deutsche.
BLACK SWAN (Cygnus atratus) [I]
TUNDRA SWAN (BEWICK'S) (Cygnus columbianus bewickii)
WHOOPER SWAN (Cygnus cygnus)
EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Alopochen aegyptiaca) [I]
COMMON SHELDUCK (Tadorna tadorna)
NORTHERN SHOVELER (Spatula clypeata)
Two stunning drakes and one female Red-crested Pochard. Photo by guide Godfried Schreur.
GADWALL (Mareca strepera)
EURASIAN WIGEON (Mareca penelope)
MALLARD (Anas platyrhynchos)
NORTHERN PINTAIL (Anas acuta)
GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN) (Anas crecca crecca)
RED-CRESTED POCHARD (Netta rufina)
The Red-breasted Goose is a vagrant in the Netherlands, wintering normally in Eastern Europe. Photo by guide Godfried Schreur.
COMMON POCHARD (Aythya ferina)
TUFTED DUCK (Aythya fuligula)
GREATER SCAUP (Aythya marila)
COMMON EIDER (Somateria mollissima)
COMMON SCOTER (Melanitta nigra)
COMMON GOLDENEYE (Bucephala clangula)
"Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer in the Mauritshuis, The Hague. Photo by guide Godfried Schreur.
SMEW (Mergellus albellus)
COMMON MERGANSER (EURASIAN) (Mergus merganser merganser)
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (Mergus serrator)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
RING-NECKED PHEASANT (Phasianus colchicus) [I]
GREATER FLAMINGO (Phoenicopterus roseus)
LITTLE GREBE (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
HORNED GREBE (Podiceps auritus)
GREAT CRESTED GREBE (Podiceps cristatus)
EARED GREBE (Podiceps nigricollis)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia)
STOCK DOVE (Columba oenas)
COMMON WOOD-PIGEON (Columba palumbus)
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (Streptopelia decaocto)
We had lunch in a charming restaurant in the lovely fishing village of Marken. Photo by guide Godfried Schreur.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
WATER RAIL (Rallus aquaticus)
EURASIAN MOORHEN (Gallinula chloropus)
EURASIAN COOT (Fulica atra)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
PIED AVOCET (Recurvirostra avosetta)
EURASIAN OYSTERCATCHER (WESTERN) (Haematopus ostralegus ostralegus)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (Pluvialis squatarola)
EUROPEAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (Pluvialis apricaria altifrons)
NORTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus vanellus)
COMMON RINGED PLOVER (Charadrius hiaticula hiaticula)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
EURASIAN CURLEW (Numenius arquata)
BAR-TAILED GODWIT (Limosa lapponica)
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT (Limosa limosa)
RUDDY TURNSTONE (Arenaria interpres)
RED KNOT (Calidris canutus islandica)
RUFF (Calidris pugnax)
The Purple Sandpiper is perfectly camouflaged on the basalt rock-covered shorelines. Photo by guide Godfried Schreur.
SANDERLING (Calidris alba)
DUNLIN (Calidris alpina)
PURPLE SANDPIPER (Calidris maritima)
EURASIAN WOODCOCK (Scolopax rusticola)
COMMON SNIPE (Gallinago gallinago)
COMMON SANDPIPER (Actitis hypoleucos)
This Black-headed Gull in flight was photographed by guide Godfried Schreur on the ferry from Texel Island to the mainland.
COMMON REDSHANK (Tringa totanus)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
BLACK-HEADED GULL (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
MEW GULL (EUROPEAN) (Larus canus canus)
HERRING GULL (EUROPEAN) (Larus argentatus argenteus)
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Larus fuscus)
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (Larus marinus)
Eurasian Spoonbills preening. Video by guide Godfried Schreur.
WHISKERED TERN (Chlidonias hybrida)
RED-THROATED LOON (Gavia stellata)
Sulidae (Boobies and Gannets)
NORTHERN GANNET (Morus bassanus)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
GREAT CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
GRAY HERON (Ardea cinerea)
GREAT EGRET (EURASIAN) (Ardea alba alba)
LITTLE EGRET (Egretta garzetta)
Three massive White-tailed Eagles welcomed us in the Oostvaardersplassen. Photo by guide Godfried Schreur.
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
EURASIAN SPOONBILL (Platalea leucorodia)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
HEN HARRIER (Circus cyaneus)
EURASIAN SPARROWHAWK (Accipiter nisus)
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (Accipiter gentilis)
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE (Haliaeetus albicilla)
COMMON BUZZARD (Buteo buteo)
The rufous morph Tawny Owl seemed not very impressed with all the attention. Photo by guest Mary Deutsche.
TAWNY OWL (Strix aluco)
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (Dendrocopos major)
LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER (Dryobates minor)
BLACK WOODPECKER (Dryocopus martius) [*]
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
EURASIAN KESTREL (Falco tinnunculus)
PEREGRINE FALCON (Falco peregrinus)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
EURASIAN JAY (Garrulus glandarius)
Male Bearded Reedling dancing in the wind. Video by guide Gofried Schreur.
EURASIAN MAGPIE (Pica pica)
EURASIAN JACKDAW (Corvus monedula)
ROOK (Corvus frugilegus)
CARRION CROW (Corvus corone corone)
COMMON RAVEN (Corvus corax)
Eurasian Nuthatch posing on moss covered tree. Photo by guest Mary Deutsche.
Panuridae (Bearded Reedling)
BEARDED REEDLING (Panurus biarmicus)
EURASIAN SKYLARK (Alauda arvensis)
Paridae (Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice)
COAL TIT (Periparus ater)
CRESTED TIT (Lophophanes cristatus)
MARSH TIT (Poecile palustris)
EURASIAN BLUE TIT (Cyanistes caeruleus)
GREAT TIT (Parus major)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
LONG-TAILED TIT (Aegithalos caudatus)
EURASIAN NUTHATCH (Sitta europaea)
SHORT-TOED TREECREEPER (Certhia brachydactyla)
EURASIAN WREN (Troglodytes troglodytes)
GOLDCREST (Regulus regulus)
COMMON FIRECREST (Regulus ignicapilla)
Scotocercidae (Bush Warblers and Allies)
CETTI'S WARBLER (Cettia cetti) [*]
Muscicapidae (Old World Flycatchers)
EUROPEAN ROBIN (Erithacus rubecula)
"The Goldfinch" was painted by Carel Fabritius in the year 1654. Photo by guide Godfried Schreur.
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
MISTLE THRUSH (Turdus viscivorus)
REDWING (Turdus iliacus)
EURASIAN BLACKBIRD (Turdus merula merula)
FIELDFARE (Turdus pilaris)
EUROPEAN STARLING (Sturnus vulgaris)
DUNNOCK (Prunella modularis)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
MEADOW PIPIT (Anthus pratensis)
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
COMMON CHAFFINCH (Fringilla coelebs)
EURASIAN BULLFINCH (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
EUROPEAN GREENFINCH (Chloris chloris)
EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH (Carduelis carduelis)
EURASIAN SISKIN (Spinus spinus)
Calcariidae (Longspurs and Snow Buntings)
SNOW BUNTING (Plectrophenax nivalis)
Emberizidae (Old World Buntings)
REED BUNTING (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)
OLD WORLD RABBIT (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
EUROPEAN BROWN HARE (Lepus europaeus)
RED FOX (Vulpes vulpes)
HARBOR SEAL (Phoca vitulina)
GRAY SEAL (Halichoerus grypus)
RED DEER (Cervus elaphus)
ROE DEER (Capreolus capreolus)
MOUFLON (Ovis musimon) [I]
Totals for the tour: 122 bird taxa and 8 mammal taxa