Vogelexcursie Lauwersmeer 28-04-2018

Birdwatching report private birding excursion Lauwersmeer 28 April 2018

Birdwatching report private birding excursion Lauwersmeer 28 April 2018

Today there was a Lauwersmeer excursion from 13.00-16.30 hours for three people from De Bilt / Arnhem. This excursion was adapted on request for someone who is disabled. To allow their father to enjoy birds again, his two sons booked the excursion. They had no experience with bird watching themselves. The weather forecast was for today a grade of 12, wind force 4 and every now and then chance of a storm.

Rooks and the first shower

Despite the road closure of the N355, we were all on time at the agreed place. The leenkijkers were adjusted for a while, and tried the same at the rookery. Then the first shower started. Because we were still standing at the cars we could use the tailgate nice as a roof. In the meantime, we simply went on looking around for birds. As soon as it became dry again. We saw a grebe and a weary black-headed gull (the ‘nice’ round head with a black eye), and heard a tjiftjaf and blue tit.

Summer falls and little gulls at Ezumakeeg-Zuid

Then it was time to drive to the Ezumakeeg. First to the hut, where we were not the only ones. As soon as we stepped out of the car, a reed singer sang the highest song. Nearby, a reed bunting sounded and heard nicely. A number of Konik horses walked past the hut.

Birdwatching excursion Lauwersmeer Koniks horses Ezumakeeg south
Koniks horses Ezumakeeg south

Outside the hut was already enough to see. We saw mountain duck, black-tailed godwit, avocet, redshank and white wagtail. A couple of summer swims also swam pretty close by. Of course, the participants could also admire these birds through the telescope.

Once in the hut we could immediately enjoy four dwarf gulls. First they floated in the water. When they flew up, the black underside of their wings could be seen. A buzzard also flew past. In addition there were shoveler, gadwall, pintail, tufted duck and teal in the water. A male harrier roost flew above the reed collar in the distance. There were still widgeon and ruff on the land. When we were outside the hut a spoonbill flew over. The extended neck and the long black beak were clearly visible. Then it was time for the next stop.

Swallows and yet no summer at Ezumakeeg-Noord

From the lookout hump at Ezumakeeg-Noord we soon saw a great egret. There were also rainwigs, gunners and black riders in the water. At that moment, however, the next storm came along. We then enjoyed a cup of coffee with cake under our roof. This rain also did not last long, so soon we were watching the birds again. Farm swallows and house martin flew over the water just in front of us. Unfortunately, the sand martins have missed the participants, but they also came flying by quickly. There were also many ducks swimming here and a herring gull was sleeping. Above the land, a kestrel was praying.

Participants Lauwersmeer birdwatching excursion
Participants Lauwersmeer birdwatching excursion

Locks and port

At the stop halfway between Ezumakeeg and the locks, there were few birds, so we drove fast again. We stepped out of the cormorant colony and saw black-headed gulls, small black-backed gulls and a common tern. A winter king could be heard down the bushes, and we also heard a blackhead singing. Then it was time for the last stop: the port. Because of the low tide there were no stonecutters, and we could only add the jackdaw to the list.

The sons had no experience with bird watching, but did a great job. I hope that I have been able to light them a bit with my interest in birds. That would certainly not mind their father, I think 😉


Observed bird species birdwatching excursion

1 Barn Goose – Branta leucopsis
2 Greylag Goose – Anser anser
3 Mute swan – Cygnus olor
4 Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
5 Garganey – Spatula querquedula
6 Shoveler – Spatula clypeata
7 Gadwall – Mareca strepera
8 Wigeon – Mareca penelope
9 Wild Duck – Anas platyrhynchos
10 Pintail – Anas acuta
11 Teal – Anas crecca
12 Tufted duck – Aythya fuligula
13 Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
14 Spoonbill – Platalea leucorodia
15 Great Egret – Ardea alba
16 Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
17 Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
18 Buzzard – Buteo buteo
19 Coot – Fulica atra
20 Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
21 Common Grebe – Recurvirostra avosetta
22 Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
23 Whipweed – Numenius phaeopus
24 Godwit – Limosa limosa
25 Ruff – Calidris pugnax
26 Redshank – Tringa totanus
27 Black Rider – Tringa erythropus
28 Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
29 Little gull – Hydrocoloeus minutus
30 Common gull – Larus canus
31 Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
32 Lesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fuscus
33 Common Tern – Sterna hirundo
34 Common Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
35 Jackdaw – Coloeus monedula
36 Rook – Corvus frugilegus
37 Black Crow – Corvus corone
38 Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
39 Skylark – Alauda arvensis
40 Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica
41 House Martin – Delichon urbicum
42 Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita
43 Sedge warbler – Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
44 Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla
45 Winter King – Troglodytes troglodytes
46 Yellow Wagtail – Motacilla flava
47 White Wagtail – Motacilla alba
48 Reed bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus