Friesland & Flevoland
2-6 December 2005
We had planned to go to Norfolk for a long weekend to watch wildfowl and waders but then realised we should actually visit somewhere new and fly the 45 minutes across the North Sea, at little extra cost using the budget airlines. This meant much more geese and a few Continental species. Flew from London Stansted to Eindhoven for Ŗ20 each and hired a car from Hertz at Ŗ166. Then, a couple of hours drive up to Flevoland from where we slowly worked our way north along the Ijsselmeer and Waddenzee coast to the top of the Netherlands over the following three days. We enjoyed thousands of geese despite the poor weather but failed to find a prized Red-breasted Goose or Lesser White-fronted Goose. At least 124 species were recorded at a fairly relaxed pace. Obviously this time of year is well out of the tourist season but we had difficulty finding accommodation and found ourselves staying in rather nice, large hotels at 100 per night - quite a bit more expensive than the north Norfolk coast!
Tens of thousands of geese, plus...
Great Egret ˇ White Stork ˇ Snow Goose ˇ Lesser Canada Goose ˇ Smew ˇ Ferruginous Duck ˇ Rough-legged Buzzard ˇ Goshawk ˇ Arctic Tern ˇ Water Pipit ˇ Crested Tit ˇ Short-toed Treecreeper ˇ Common Redpoll ˇ Hawfinch ˇ Snow Bunting.
LITERATURE, REFERENCES & SITE GUIDES USED
The only suitable book on the region is now out of print:
Arnoud van der Berg's Where to Watch Birds in Holland, Belgium and Northern France (Hamlyn, 1996).
Information was gathered from the following useful websites:
GeoCenter Euro Map Netherlands 1:300000
Hotel Paleis Het Stadhouderlijk Hof in Leeuwarden
Amicitia Hotel in Sneek
Hotel Fuchsia in Zwolle
Day 01 02/12/05 London Stansted > Eindhoven
> Flevoland > Zwolle.
NORTH ON ROAD E-25 & A-27 TOWARDS FLEVOLAND
STAD & PAMPUSHOUT AREAS, FLEVOLAND
DE TREKVOGEL, LEPELAARPLASSEN NATURE RESERVE, FLEVOLAND
AT TREKVOGEL, FLEVOLAND
FROM ZWOLLE TO LEMMER A-50/N-50
DE MOT, MOKKEBANK
FROM SNEEK > OUDEGA
SOUTH OF SNEEK
> ROAD 359
359 > WORKUM
> DOKKUM (N-355 > N-356) > HOLWERD
TO ZOUTKAMP AREA
SIDE OF LAUWERMEER TOWARDS ANJUM
BACK TO LEEUWARDEN
SOUTH FROM LEEUWARDEN TO EINDHOVEN VIA ZWOLLE, DEVENTER, APELDOORN,
PARK DE HOGE VELUWE
Fraser's Birding Website ˇ fssbirding.org.uk