Mass bird migration in the Netherlands

This video from the USA is called Newark Museum official – Skies Alive: Bird Migration in the Garden State.

Translated from Natuurmonumenten in the Netherlands:

Last Monday at around 11:01 a.m., a spectacular arrival of migratory birds from Scandinavia began in the Zwanenwater.

In the Zwanenwater, a dune area near Callantsoog, migratory birds are caught every year for scientific research. This year began quietly, in the early morning there were few birds.

After 11 hours, however, thousands of birds came from the sea. Song thrushes, robins, siskins, bramblings [see also here and here] and many other species landed in the rain in the dunes. There, in total, on Monday 77 birds and on Tuesday more than 100 birds were provided with a ring of the Arnhem bird migration station.


These birds generally depart in the evening from the southern tip of Norway to the North Sea to fly to southern Europe. Today, however, the rain forced them to land earlier. Their ultimate goal is the Mediterranean, where they will remain throughout the winter.

Redwing migration to the Netherlands has started: here.

On Vlieland today, a Western Bonelli’s Warbler.

2 thoughts on “Mass bird migration in the Netherlands

  1. Birds of prey flock to nature reserve

    Published on Sat Oct 02 14:04:35 BST 2010

    The largest bird in Europe is among a record number of bird of prey species visiting an East Yorkshire nature reserve over the last few months.

    Bird enthusiasts at Yorkshire Water’s Tophill Low nature reserve, near Driffield, have seen the sea eagle, along with a number of peregrine falcons make appearances at the site.

    Pairs of peregrine falcon have made their home in the area around the reserve and onlookers have been able to enjoy their hunting displays, in which they can close in on their prey at speeds of up to 124mph.

    Site warden Richard Hampshire said: “This year has been an incredible one for birds of prey dropping into the reserve. It all started in April when a sea eagle, the largest bird of prey in Europe, swooped over Tophill Low to take a closer look.

    “Since then, we’ve had all manner of birds of prey come to the reserve, with some simply paying a flying visit before continuing on their way, and others actually taking up residence at the reserve, much to the delight of visitors and the dismay of many of the dozens of smaller bird species which also live here.”

    The common buzzard is also currently around the site, even though it is seldom found in East Yorkshire. However, the use of less harmful agricultural chemicals over the last decade or so has helped to swell numbers.

    Hobby, osprey and red kite have also been spotted around Tophill Low in recent times.

    Mr Hampshire believes visitors can easily spot birds of prey.

    He said: Birds of prey are easy to find if you let the other birds do the work. For example, whilst often elusive and fleeting, a falcon or a hawk will be given away by the alarm calls of other birds – harsh squawks or squeals followed by every bird in the area taking flight. If this happens, it’s your cue to look to the skies.”

    Copyright (c) Press Association Ltd. 2010, All Rights Reserved.


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