maandag 4 april 2011

More new summer visitors

Sunday morning my father and I did some birding along the IJssel, in the hope of seeing some new species for the yearlist and perhaps some waders. We started off at the Ossenwaard, north of Deventer. We walked through the Ossenwaard resulting in some fun species. We saw several Yellow Wagtails and groups of singing Linnets. While walking along a small canal we saw some Teals, Snipes, singing Redshanks and a Green Sandpiper. On some small islands we saw some Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Little Plovers. Furthermore plenty of Shovelers, Shelducks and Gadwalls were foraging in the water. Singing Willow Warblers were heard as well.

Afterwards we headed south in the direction of the Yperenplas. Here we saw a group of 200 Black-tailed Godwits. Some Swallows were seen as well. As we drove back to Apeldoorn again we decided to check Bussloo again for the long-staying Red-necked Grebe. It had still been sighted last Sunday. We parked the car on the southern side of the lake and walked towards the place where the bird has been present every time. On our way we had singing Black Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrests and my first Blackcap of the year. When we arrived at the place I soon located the Grebe. It is almost entirely in summer plumage now! We could observe the bird not too far away and I was able to make some shots.
I'm curious how long this bird will stay at Bussloo!

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