Today, to Eempolder nature reserve.
Skylarks have dialects – And don’t take kindly to strangers: here.
To the east of Eemnes village, a meadow. With two bird species, characteristic for Dutch meadows which are at least a bit “bird friendly”: lapwing and oystercatcher. Also, wood pigeons. A barn swallow flying over the grass.
A kestrel, hovering.
Three great cormorants.
Then, the first one of many black-tailed godwits. This is a characteristic species for really bird friendly meadows and nature areas. Every spring, they return from Africa; many of them to breed in this area near the mouth of the Eem river.
Two male shoveler ducks. A house martin flies past.
In a meadow, redshanks. A curlew flying.
A male reed bunting singing.
Avocets looking for food in shallow water.
On our way back, the Zuiderheide again. We did not hear the skylark sing this time. But we did see a meadow pipit on a bush. On another bush, a bit later, a stonechat.