Sanderlings on Texel island


This video from the USA is about ‘Jersey Shore Birding with snowy and great egrets, common, least, Forster’s and gull-billed terns, black skimmer, laughing gull, american oystercatcher, lesser yellowlegs, short-billed dowitcher, black-bellied and semipalmated plovers, ruddy turnstone, dunlin, semipalmated, least and a wayward curlew sandpiper. ‘

I chose this video especially for the dunlin.

Yesterday, 27 September, in the harbour of Den Helder in the Netherlands. Around the boat, waiting to depart to Texel island, are black-headed gulls and herring gulls circling. Also jackdaws; but as soon as the ferry-boat departs, they probably do not like a longish flight over the Wadden sea, and leave. The gulls stay.

Many dunlins are flying to the east, in flocks of about ten to about one hundred.

A walk in the Muy area in the dunes. Reed buntings. A whinchat. A rabbit. In the Buiten Muy dune lake: four shelducks. And a great cormorant flying.

Many dragonflies, and a speckled wood butterfly.

Along the floodline of the seashore, small groups of sanderling.

Today, 28 September, a walk to Ecomare, a zoological museum, which also takes care of sick marine mammals and seabirds.

In front of it, they made a ‘hotel’ of wood, bottles, reed, etc., for solitary bees and wasps.

Bees of Texel: here.

Inside, you can buy maps of the island, and a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle of a snowy owl.

On the walk back, migrating meadow pipits; and a grey lag goose along the bank of the Alloo, a small lake, drinking and preening its feathers.

We pass a butterfly garden, recently established here; and are soon back where we started.

Texel dragonflies and damselflies: here.

2 thoughts on “Sanderlings on Texel island

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