VWG Vlietland

Latest news: 11-2-2016
Pictures of great northern loon and hermine .

The VWG Vlietland is a birdwatchers organisation active in  Vogelplas Starrevaart, Vlietland and Leidschendammerhout. These areas are located close to the west coast of the Netherlands, between The Hague and Leiden (see the maps). The central part of the area is a fresh water marsh and bird sanctuary.

On this website you can find information on the areas and the results of the field work by VWG Vlietland. This includes an overview of recent sightings, reports (Dutch) and press articles (Dutch). All pictures on the web site are from the area itself.

Recent additions

Most documents are available in Dutch only. See the news section for a complete overview of all changes.

The recent major changes are:


Comments, suggestions and additions on these pages? Please send a message to VWG Vlietland. See the guestbook for all reactions so far. Your own observations and bird counts are welcome as well.

Recent sightings

red is a rare or scarce species
green is early (first) or late sighting
blue is a high count
blue is a count that exceeds the 1% level

August 20 - Great Egret 5, Eurasian Spoonbill 11, Eurasian Wigeon 1 male, Garganey 1, Pied Avocet 2, Black-tailed Godwit 2, Common Greenshank 1, Common Sandpiper 9, Black Swan 1.
Meeslouwerplas: Common Kingfisher 1.
August 18 -
Leidschendammerhout: White Stork 27.
Passing: Common Buzzard 7.
August 17 - Great Egret 3, Eurasian Spoonbill 22, Mute Swan 150, Garganey 1, Common Pochard 38, Pied Avocet 3, Dunlin 1, Black-tailed Godwit 5, Common Tern 4, Black Tern 1, Common Kingfisher 2, Black Swan 1.
Meeslouwerplas: Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1, Water Rail 1, Common Kingfisher 1.
Leidschendammerhout: Great Egret 1, White Stork 5, Common Kestrel 1, Northern Wheatear 2.
Passing: European Honey-buzzard 1 S.
August 14 - Great Egret 7, Eurasian Spoonbill 6, Black-tailed Godwit 2, Common Sandpiper 4, Common Tern 8, European Goldfinch 5, Black Swan 1.
Meeslouwerplas: Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1 hunting, Northern Chiffchaff 2, European Goldfinch 10.
Leidschendammerhout: Common Kestrel 1.
Passing: European Honey-buzzard 1, Blue-headed Wagtail 1.
August 13 -
Leidschendammerhout: Common Cuckoo 1 juvenile.
August 12 - Eurasian Spoonbill 2, Northern Lapwing 23, Black-tailed Godwit 4, Common Sandpiper 1, European Reed Warbler 1, European Goldfinch 8, Black Swan 1.

See also the archive of recent sightings, and the the overview of observations of cr-ringed birds (Dutch).


Contact: info@vwgvlietland.nl