Vogelexcursie Fochteloerveen 25-04-2018

Birdwatching report private bird excursion Fochteloërveen 25 April 2018

Birdwatching report private bird excursion Fochteloërveen 25 April 2018

Clients birdwatching excursion Fochteloërveen
The participants.

Today I was allowed to do an excursion for two people from Wijk bij Duurstede from 9.30 am to 1 pm. This excursion to the Fochteloërveen was part of the 3-day bird trip Drenthe. It was a cloudy day with 12 degrees Celsius, and a fresh wind. The Fochteloërveen is known as the Dutch Crane Resort, so I hoped we would see cranes.

Summer fall and the first common swifts

We started at 9.30 am. First let’s listen to what could be heard and seen in the parking lot. We saw large Canada goose and gray goose and heard, among other things, song thrush and finch. The participants chose to drive with me in the car from the parking lot. We went to look a bit further, at the edge of the peat. We turned out to be lucky: a male summer fall showed up. The white band above the eye was clearly visible through the telescope. Furthermore, there was shoveler and tufted duck. Above our heads, barn swallows, house martins and even swifts hunt for insects. Meanwhile a fitis was singing in the trees.

Along the road through the peat were a reed bunting and a male yellow bunting. The yellow head of this yellowhammer was beautiful to see! I could not see the tree falcons that I was hoping for. Probably it was too cold for the dragonflies at that time of the day, which they hunt for.

Even more summer falls and a cuckoo in flight

During the first walk we saw a great egret and a warbler. A little further on we heard the ‘sewing machine’, the grasshopper singer. They had never heard the participants before. The vocals of the skylark, which we heard afterwards, they knew. Sure enough, there was a couple of summer evenings! A while later, a jiffy chaff was heard. There was a buzzard at the viewing screen, there was little else there. We continued our way along the path, and suddenly heard the sound of cranes. Unfortunately they could not be seen from that spot. Maybe later…

At that moment a cuckoo came flying over. This too was their first encounter with this species: heard often enough, but never seen before. Well known were the putters, who sat down on a few blades. Nice in color, so always nice to look at. On the other side of the path a meadow piper flew by. When we were back in the parking lot, it was time for a cup of coffee with a piece of ‘Drentsche Turf’. This was well received, although the name might suggest otherwise.

Raven and even cranes

It was quiet in front of the bird-watching hut, but inside we were stared at by a bunch of barn swallows. There were several nests of these animals in the hut. Still nice to see them sitting a few meters away. When we were outside the hut we heard a blackcap singing and calling a raven. We also saw the raven fly over. Then we drove to the place where the cranes regularly eat. That was not the case now. Would not we see them again? We drove on to the next parking lot, and looked over a field for cranes. Nothing. Then on the way to the observation tower the ‘7’. On the way a tree pipper sang and in the coniferous trees the high sound of goldhorns could be heard.

The climb up was rewarded with a beautiful view. The best thing was that there were two cranes in the peat. Far away, that is, but clearly recognizable. At such a moment you are happy that you can look through a telescope. Fortunately, mission succeeded!

Birdwatching excursion Fochteloërveen View lookout tower
View lookout tower
Birdwatching tour Fochteloërveen participants
In the forrest







On the way back to the starting point we saw a stork and a yellow wagtail. All in all it was a nice excursion, with quite a few nice species. A falcon did not show up until I shook hands with the participants and drove back through the peat myself. Damn, one of them flew right over the car. I would have liked to have granted them …

Observed bird species birdwatching excursion Fochteloërveen

1 Greater Canada Goose – Branta canadensis
2 Greylag Goose – Anser anser
3 Egyptian goose – Alopochen aegyptiaca
4 Garganey – Spatula querquedula
5 Shoveler – Spatula clypeata
6 Wild Duck – Anas platyrhynchos
7 Tufted duck – Aythya fuligula
8 Stork – Ciconia ciconia
9 Blue Heron – Ardea cinerea
10 Great Egret – Ardea alba
11 Buzzard – Buteo buteo
12 Common Crane – Grus grus
13 Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
14 Wood pigeon – Columba palumbus
15 Cuckoo – Cuculus canorus
16 Swift – Apus apus
17 Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major
18 Gaai – Garrulus glandarius
19 Black Crow – Corvus corone
20 Raven – Corvus corax
21 Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
22 Great Tit – Parus major
23 Skylark – Alauda arvensis
24 barn swallow – Hirundo rustica
25 House Martin – Delichon urbicum
26 Fitis – Phylloscopus trochilus
27 Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita
28 Grasshopper singer – Locustella naevia
29 Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla
30 Warbler – Sylvia communis
31 Gold cock – Regulus regulus
32 Winter King – Troglodytes troglodytes
33 Tree creeper – Certhia brachydactyla
34 Blackbird – Turdus merula
35 Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
36 European Robin – Erithacus rubecula
37 House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
38 Yellow Wagtail – Motacilla flava
39 White Wagtail – Motacilla alba
40 Meadow Pipit – Anthus pratensis
41 Tree Pipit – Anthus trivialis
42 Finch – Fringilla coelebs
43 Greenfinch – Chloris chloris
44 Putter – Carduelis carduelis
45 Yellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella
46 Reed bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus