Birdingpals Trip Report
Birding with a Pal in the Netherlands July 2005
by Birdingpal Gray Carpenter Church
Last July, I made a trip to The Netherlands and had one of the best birding days of my life!
I was hosted by Kasper Hendriks, a college student in Delft, and sometimes courier, who knows birds like the back of his hand. I’m twice Kasper’s age and
I’ve traveled quite a bit. But I don’t think I’ve ever birded with someone who has traveled as much or who is as bird-knowledgeable as Kasper—What a treat
We started the day birding at De Putten, a small wetland inside of the dike. While there, Kasper’s Rare Bird Alert pager started going wild. A Red-Necked
Stint, seen only once before in The Netherlands, had purported shown up about a 30 minutes drive from where we were. A couple of times before, Kasper had
received pages about a RN Stint—they had all been misidentified. Despite the odds against this page being the real thing, we decided to make the trek to
the Isle of Texel.
While waiting for the ferry to Texel, Kasper ran into several of his birding friends, all out to see if the stint was who they said he was. This was my
first (and to date, only) twitching experience and I had a great time! The enthusiasm of all the guys there was infectious. I’m sure I’ll never be a bona
fide twitcher but on this day, I got to rub elbows with some of the best.
Photos of the little guy—and us twitchers—can be seen at the Dutch Birding Association website
A photo of the little guy
A photo of us birders looking at the little guy
Other places we birded that day: the lighthouse at The Cocksdorp in the north; The Mokbaai in the south; next to the ferry; and another (although futile)
twitching spree to see a Glossy Ibis at The Amstelmeer. Then we crossed the Markermeer to see the famous Oostvaardersplassen, where we saw various
waterfowl and an uncommonly beautiful Common Kingfisher before we got rained out.
Altogether, Kasper spotted and identified for me 56 species that day. Here’s the list:
Great Crested Grebe
European Herring Gull
Common Ringed Plover
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Thanks, Knud, for making BirdingPals—and my unforgettable birding adventure in Holland—possible.
Gray Carpenter Church
Last update 01/01/2013