Terschelling wetland birds


Spoonbill, Terschelling, 20 September 2019

After the fungi in the woodland of Terschelling island on 20 September 2019, we continued that day to the Wadden Sea coast. As this spoonbill photo shows.

In the Wadden Sea, brent geese and wigeon swimming.

Black-headed gulls. Curlews. Redshanks.

Three bar-tailed godwits.

A greenshank. About fifty starlings.

Two oystercatchers.

Many shelducks.

A bit more inland: 50 goldfinches. Migrating barn swallows.

Near Striep, a hovering kestrel.

Spoonbills on the mudflats.

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Many fungi, some birds in Terschelling woodland


Parasol mushroom, Terschelling, 20 September 2019

After 20 September 2019 at Meisterplak lake on Terschelling, we continued to a wooded area of the island. There, we saw this young parasol mushroom.

Not far away, a smaller relative of that fungus, a stinking parasol.

A bit further, Parasola plicatilis.

Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Smooth puffballs.

Shaggy ink cap, 20 September 2019

Shaggy ink cap fungi.

Then, a special species: velvet roll-rim. It depends on coniferous tree stumps, which are here.

Velvet roll-rim, 20 September 2019

Pincushion moss.

Birch bracket.

Copper spike.

Sticky bun.

Leccinum cyaneobasileucum.

Sulphur tuft.

A tawny grisette grows on the footpath.

Pestle puffball.

Special flowers here: round-leaved wintergreen.

Penny bun.

Common toadflax flowers.

Coprinellus truncorum on a tree trunk.

At 5pm, on another tree trunk: two robins.

Bathing meadow pipits, goslings of Terschelling island


This 29 January 2013 video is about a bittern at the then frozen Meisterplak lake on Terschelling island.

After 19 September 2019 on Terschelling came 20 September.

That day began for us with Gymnopus confluens fungi along the path to Doodemanskisten lake.

A collared dove on a West-Terschelling village street.

We arrived at Meisterplak lake. It looked very different from the winter 2013 video. Not only no bittern and no ice. The water level was very low. That is because there is work going on against the unwanted invasive water plant species New Zealand pigmyweed.

A white wagtail on the bank.

An Egyptian goose with two goslings. Late in the year.

Three teal.

Wild pansy flowering.

Meadow pipits, Terscheling, 20 September 2019

Two meadow pipits bathing together.

A grey heron.

Buzzard, 20 September 2019

A buzzard flies over the sand dunes behind the lake.

Stay tuned, as more blog posts on wildlife on Terschelling will follow!

Birds, flowers and fungi of Terschelling island


Honeysuckle, Terschelling, 19 September 2019

After 18 September 2019 on Terschelling island came 19 September. Which started for us with this beautiful honeysuckle flower. Like all photos in this blog post, a macro lens photo.

Honeysuckle flowers, Terschelling, 19 September 2019

And these ones.

Honeysuckle flowers on Terschelling, 19 September 2019

And these ones.

Most heather flowers were gone; except for a few small patches.

Parasol mushroom, Terschelling, 19 September 2019

A bit further, big parasol mushrooms.

Parasol mushrooms, Terschelling, 19 September 2019

Parasol mushroom, on Terschelling, 19 September 2019

Eight meadow pipits on the meadow near these mushrooms.

A buzzard on a top of a coniferous tree.

A speckled wood butterfly.

In the Kroonpolders lake, two greenshanks.

Brown roll-rim fungi.

As we approached the North Sea, a dead young herring gull along the footpath.

In a sea-buckthorn bush, a brown-tail moth winter nest.

On a coastal sand dune, European searocket attracted honeybees and a bumblebee.

A great cormorant swims and dives in the North Sea.

European searocket, Terschelling, 19 September 2019

As we walked back, this European searocket photo.

We walked back further. Now, four greenshanks at the Kroonpolders lake.

Still further, two buzzards circling around each other.

Terschelling plovers, plants and butterfly


Container ship, Terschelling 18 September 2019

After 17 September 2019 on Terschelling island came 18 September. That day, we went to the Boschplaat nature reserve; all the way to the island’s easternmost point. Like we had done in 2008, with a a cart and three horses. The photo, from the far eastern point of Terschelling, shows the strait between Terschelling and Ameland islands, with a big container ship on the horozon.

We had started our excursion in Hoorn village in the center of Terschelling. A male house sparrow flew inside our covered wagon before it started. Jackdaws flying. A collared dove on a chimney. The carter told that at his place, there were still six barn swallow nests with young birds. Rather late. Would they survive the autumn?

As our wagon approached Oosterend, the island’s easternmost village, a lapwing in a meadow. In Oosterend, two magpies flying.

On the Boschplaat, herring gulls on the trail.

At the strait between Terschelling and Ameland, rabbit droppings.

Amelandse Gat, Terschelling 18 September 2019

And this beautiful view.

Cockles and Atlantic jackknife clams on the beach.

Grass, Terschelling, 19 September 2019

The grass moving along with the North Sea ewaves.

Sea pink flowering.

A kestrel hovering.

Many lesser black-backed and herring gulls.

Butterfly, Terschelling, 18 September 2019

European searocket flowering. It attracted this small white butterfly.

Feather, Terschelling, 18 September 2019

Below a sand dune, this bird’s feather.

Searocket, Terschelling, 18 September 2019

More European searocket flowers.

On the back of our wagon is the Terschelling coat of arms.

Terschelling coat of arms

The Terschelling coat of arms shows a tree, with a lion to is left and a sea dragon to its right.

Wagon, Terschelling. 18 September 2019

On the photo, only the lion is visible.

Dunes, Terschelling, 18 September 2019

We rode back through the sand dunes and over the North Sea beach of Terschelling.

We rode back to Hoorn. On the beach, scores of sanderlings.

And ringed plovers. And an oystercatcher.

After arriving in Hoorn, to West-Terschelling village. A great spotted woodpecker calling.