Short-eared owl, purple sandpipers, black redstart


Feral pigeons, Scheveningen, 18 october 2014

On 18 October 2014, on the southern jetty of Scheveningen harbour, there were more birds than just ruddy turnstones. Like these two feral pigeons at the end of the jetty.

They had been ‘kissing'; unfortunately just before the photo.

We walked back.

Northern wheatear, Scheveningen, 18 October 2014

This migrating northern wheatear standing on a rock.

Short-eared owl, Scheveningen, 18 October 2014

Then, an even more special migratory bird: a short-eared owl passed the jetty!

Short-eared owl, North Sea, Scheveningen, 18 October 2014

Unusual, to see this uncommon bird, a land bird, flying south over the North Sea waves. Two herring gulls harassed it.

Short-eared owls do fly over the sea sometimes: here.

Purple sandpiper, Scheveningen, 18 October 2014

Also, purple sandpipers on the jetty rocks. Some awake.

Purple sandpiper sleeping, Scheveningen, 18 October 2014

And some sleepy.

Black redstart, Scheveningen, 18 October 2014

We were back on the continent. Not far from the beginning of the jetty, this black redstart on concrete near a sand dune.

We went to the ‘Vulkaan‘ (the Volcano), a high sand dune south of The Hague. It is a good vantage point for seeing bird migration. The many birdwatchers present saw, eg, song thrushes and mistle thrushes fly past.

Ruddy turnstones, other birds, at Scheveningen harbour


Ruddy turnstones, Scheveningen, 18 October 2014

This photo shows a flock of ruddy turnstones at the southern jetty of the harbour of Scheveningen, The Hague’s port.

Before we arrived there on 18 October 2014, a great cormorant sitting on a pole in the canal.

On a building near the harbour, a kestrel sitting.

Much bird migration today: groups of yellow wagtails, starlings and chaffinches flying past.

On a mast in the harbour, a great black-backed gull.

An oystercatcher flying.

Ruddy turnstone, Scheveningen, 18 October 2014

On the jetty, ruddy turnstones; and a few purple sandpipers.

Ruddy turnstone feeding, Scheveningen, 18 October 2014

A puddle on the jetty. Turnstones; and a rock pipit drinking.

Ruddy turnstone, Scheveningen jetty, 18 October 2014

Stay tuned for more Scheveningen harbour birds.

Ruddy turnstone, on Scheveningen jetty, 18 October 2014

Texel, bye bye on 10 October!


This is a video about birds on Texel island.

After 9 October, Friday 10 October 2014 was our last day on Texel.

Back on the ferry to Den Helder.

Many black-headed gulls, some herring gulls and a few lesser black-backed gulls flying along with the ship.

Then, jackdaws. Not seabirds. A sign we are close to landing on the continent.

Texel sanderlings and wheatear


This is a Dutch video about birds on Texel island in May 2013.

After 8 October, Thursday 9 October 2014 on Texel.

First, to the Slufter. On our way, a flock of golden plovers on a field.

Then, the sand dunes south of the Slufter.

We reach the North Sea beach.

Sanderlings, Texel, 9 October 2014

Sanderlings are not immediately conspicuous, being small and usually alone or in small groups.

Sanderlings, Texel, near tide line, 9 October 2014

However, they are less shy than many other bird species.

Sanderling bathing, Texel, 9 October 2014

One sanderling takes a bath near the tide line.

Northern wheatear, Texel, 9 October 2014

As we go back through the sand dunes, a northern wheatear.

As we go back through central Texel, a redshank lands on a pole in a canal.

Texel salt marshes, dunlins and sanderlings


This video is about the Schorren nature reserve on Texel island. Especially about a rare plant flowering there: the golden samphire.

After 7 October on Texel, on Wednesday 8 October 2014, to the Wadden Sea salt marshes, the Schorren.

Schorren, Texel, 8 October 2014

Much water, much mud. People had to be careful about their boots getting stuck and about falling.

Many birds had gone away to sandbanks.

Still there were sanderlings. And dunlins. And a red knot.

Wigeons and brent geese flying.

We found a dead starling; killed by a peregrine falcon?

A few sea lavender plants still had purple flowers.

Annual seablite, Texel, 8 October 2014

Much of the Schorren looked reddish; the colour of annual seablite in October.

Texel, ringed plovers, curlews and peregrine falcon


This video is called Texel, bird paradise.

After 6 October 2014 on Texel, came Tuesday 7 October.

First, to the Wagejot. Again, brent geese there.

Curlews and black-headed gulls resting, Wagejot, 7 October 2014

Scores of curlews and black-headed gulls resting.

Wigeons. A great black-backed gull.

Shelducks. Oystercatchers.

A black-tailed godwit.

Dunlin and ringed plovers, Wagejot, 7 October 2014

And a group of dunlins, ringed plovers and a redshank.

Wadden Sea birds, Texel, 7 October 2014

Then, we went to the Wadden Sea mudflats, south of the Eendracht salt marshes.

Wigeons, Texel, 7 October 2014

Many wigeons.

Shelducks, Texel, 7 October 2014

Also shelducks and other birds.

A peregrine falcon flying past.

Male and female eider ducks swimming in the Wadden Sea.

Purple sandpiper, eider duck and brent geese of Texel


Sanderling and jellyfish, Texel, 6 October 2014

After 5 October 2014 on Texel island came 6 October. Like the day before, we went to the beach near De Cocksdorp. There, we met this sanderling, feeding near a beached jellyfish.

Eight brent geese flying past.

Two common terns on a sandbank.

Eider duck female, Texel, 6 October 2014

Then, this female eider duck.

Ruddy turnstones bathing, Texel, 6 October 2014

Then, a flock of ruddy turnstones. They profit from the water near the jetty. That water is both deep enough and not too deep for bathing; and rather quiet now, as it is next to the jetty with no high tide yet.

Purple sandpiper, turnstone and herring gull, Texel, 6 October 2014

After the bath, the turnstones let their feathers dry, cleaning them. On this photo, behind the turnstone, a purple sandpiper. And a herring gull.

In the sand dunes, we see a male stonechat, a robin and a hare.

Pheasant male, Texel, 6 October 2014

And this male pheasant.

Common linnet, Texel, 6 October 2014

A bit further, a common linnet. Either a female or a juvenile.

Then, from the north of Texel to Wagejot nature reserve in the east.

Brent geese and teal swimming, Wagejot, Texel, 6 October 2014

As we sit down, brent geese, and a teal, swim.

Brent geese, Wagejot, Texel, 6 October 2014

Later, the geese graze on an islet.

Near the Lankasterdijk dike, goldfinches, like yesterday.