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
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
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
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
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
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
See also the archive of recent sightings,
and the the overview of observations of cr-ringed