Ruff, redshank and wigeon


Sunday 7 April, to Het landje van Geijsel.

The Landje van Geijsel is a bit of farmland, to the south of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It is a bit of wetland at this time of the year.

Every year in February, farmer Geijsel lets the water in for waders and other birds to benefit from. He has built a hide for birdwatching.

As we arrive, a chaffinch sings.

Wigeons, lapwings, a black-tailed godwit, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

Hundreds of wigeons. Yesterday, a thousand wigeons were counted here. Today, still many, but less than a thousand. Maybe that is because today is basically the first day this April when the weather is starting to look like spring. The cold north-east wind of previous days has stopped. It is sunny. That may have led some wigeons and other birds to stop waiting, and to continue their spring migration.

Female and male wigeon flying, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

Quite some black-tailed godwits. Northern lapwings on muddy islets. Jackdaws near the hide.

One redshank, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

Redshanks. Some show courting behaviour; though we did not see a mating.

Two redshanks, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

Two redshanks on mud, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

Two redshanks, one spreading its tail feathers, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

Two redshanks, one flying, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

Black-headed gulls, common gulls and a lesser black-backed gull.

A ruff passes sleepy wigeons, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

A few ruffs. Unfortunately not in their beautiful summer plumage yet, though some of the ruffs show signs of that approaching.

A ruff passes more sleepy wigeons, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

A ruff and a male wigeon, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

Shoveler ducks; and scores of teal.

Black-tailed godwit and male teal, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

Three Egyptian geese flying.

A curlew flying.

A male pintail duck, resting on a bank.

An oystercatcher.

A great cormorant flying.

Little ringed plover, Landje van Geijsel, 7 April 2013

A little ringed plover. It is trampling the mud to catch worms. Like its much bigger distant relatives, herring gulls, sometimes do.

Two snipe close to the hide. They fly away.

Two grey lag geese flying.

A barnacle goose flying.

A common sandpiper on a muddy islet.

Unlike two years ago, no sign of ring-necked parakeets nesting in the tree near the hide.

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