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, 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 Anser rossii, King Eider Somateria spectabilis, Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris, Blue-winged Teal Spatula discors, Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax, Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus, American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica, Caspian Plover Anarhynchus asiaticus (Morel & Ebels 2010), Greater Sand Plover A leschenaultii, Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris, Red-necked Stint C ruficollis, White-rumped Sandpiper C fuscicollis, Buff-breasted Sandpiper C subruficollis, Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle, Bonaparte’s Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia (Ebels & Hovinga 2012), Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus (Witte & Ebels 2002), Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus, Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus, Red-tailed Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides (van der Laan & CDNA 2008), Lesser Grey Shrike L minor, Steppe Grey Shrike L lahtora pallidirostris (Ebels 2013), Woodchat Shrike L senator, Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides, Western Bonelli’s Warbler P bonelli, Blyth’s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum, Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus, Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus, Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear O melanoleuca, Pied Wheatear O pleschanka (van Beusekom et al 2000), Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis (Gaxiola & Wassink 1998), Arctic Redpoll Acanthis hornemanni, Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus and Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalos. 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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Published 6 March 2018