Turnstones, oystercatchers, willow warbler

This 3 February 2013 video is about birds near the IJmuiden North Sea coast.

As I wrote before, 14 April was the first “real” spring day, above 20 degrees centigrade, after a cold early spring.

We went to the southern jetty of IJmuiden harbour; jutting out from the coast into the North Sea.

A rock pipit.Turnstone, IJmuiden, 14 April 2013

Quite some turnstones, looking for food on the rocks.

Turnstone walking, IJmuiden, 14 April 2013

Turnstone standing, IJmuiden, 14 April 2013

À willow warbler resting during its spring migration.

Willow warbler, IJmuiden, 14 April 2013

A pied wagtail.

A great cormorant swimming.

Barn swallows flying past. On their way to the northern Netherlands? Or to Norway?

Oystercatchers, IJmuiden, 14 April 2013

Oystercatchers. Some still have a winter plumage white collar. Some already have a spring plumage all-black neck.

Oystercatchers and young herring gull, IJmuiden, 14 April 2013

A young herring gull lands between the oystercatchers.

Oystercatchers flying, IJmuiden, 14 April 2013

Eventually, the oystercatchers fly away.

Oystercatchers flying away, IJmuiden, 14 April 2013

A whimbrel.

A redwing. Unfortunately, it is dead.

Stay tuned; as there will be more on this blog about IJmuiden pier birds.

30 thoughts on “Turnstones, oystercatchers, willow warbler

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    But one barn swallow was in Sweden in February. Meeting the Death.

    Last year I photographed my first Barn Swallow the first week in May.


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