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Texel  proper birding hotspot

There are many interesting places to go birding close to where I live. Probably the best-known of all is Texel, Noord-Holland, the westernmost of the Frisian Islands. With a length of c 23 km and a variety of landscapes – ranging from dunes, forests, farmland, saltmarsh and tidal flats – the island has a lot to offer. Here is a selection of rare species I have seen over the years: Ross’s Goose, King Eider, Ring-necked Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Little Bustard, Eurasian Stone-curlew, American Golden Plover, Caspian Plover (Morel & Ebels 2010), Greater Sand Plover, Great Knot, Red-necked Stint, White-rumped Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Black Guillemot, Bonaparte’s Gull (Ebels & Hovinga 2012), Black-winged Kite (Witte & Ebels 2002), Griffon Vulture, Snowy Owl, Red-tailed Shrike (van der Laan & CDNA 2008), Lesser Grey Shrike, Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius lahtora pallidirostris (Ebels 2013), Woodchat Shrike, Greenish Warbler, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Red-flanked Bluetail, Siberian Stonechat, Desert Wheatear, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Pied Wheatear (van Beusekom et al 2000), Spanish Sparrow (Gaxiola & Wassink 1998), Arctic Redpoll, Parrot Crossbill and Pine Bunting. In short: Texel truly is a proper birding hotspot. If you have the opportunity, do not hesitate and get on that ferry! 

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See Appendix 1 for a list of all bird species I have seen on Texel. 


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Published 6 March 2018