point count is a simple method, in which you record birds from a single
watchpoint for a set period of time. And simple is good. It means you
have lots of time to enjoy what you are doing!
In August 2017, I started a series of point counts at Schiphol airport.
My goal was to register bird movements at this interesting location. With
the help of the online tools of www.trektellen.nl–
specifically designed for recording bird migration – making
overviews of the results and analysing them is easy. Up until October
2018, I carried out a total of 16 one-hour counts on as many different
days and recorded a total of c 4000 migrating birds belonging
to 55 species. Most common were Greylag Goose (45%), Common Starling
(24%), Black-headed Gull (3%), Song Thrush (3%), Northern Lapwing (2%),
Redwing (2%), Rock Dove
(2%), Common Chaffinch (2%), Meadow Pipit (2%, European Herring Gull
(2%) and Egyptian Goose (2%). The busiest one-hour count dated
October 2018, with 554 migrating birds of 24 different species.
notable was a vagrant Desert Wheatear in November-December 2017 (found
by Paul Marcus and relocated by Will Price).