Work Trip to the Netherlands with a little bit of birding

I went to the Netherlands for a few days for work… I did not bring my camera since it would have been a pain to carry and I did not plan to do any birding…. While I was there my friend Wieger  who used to work for my company called me.. I ended up spending the night at his home and birding around the area of Bunschoten for one morning… It was cold (32f) and a little raining… but I didn’t mind… Here is the list of birds that I saw that morning… mostly from his house and driving around the countryside birding from his car…

1 Pink-footed Goose 125
2 Greater White-fronted Goose 25
3 Graylag Goose 6
4 Barnacle Goose 20
5 Canada Goose 40
6 Mute Swan 12
7 Egyptian Goose 2
8 Common Shelduck 2
9 Eurasian Wigeon 250
10 Mallard 20
11 Greater Scaup 4
12 Horned Grebe 2
13 Great Crested Grebe 3
14 Gray Heron 2
15 Great Egret 2
16 Northern Goshawk 1
17 Common Buzzard 1
18 Eurasian Moorhen 2
19 Eurasian Coot 12
20 Northern Lapwing 45
21 Black-headed Gull 20
22 Mew Gull 12
23 Little Owl 1
24 Common Kingfisher 1
25 Eurasian Kestrel 1
26 Eurasian Magpie 4
27 Eurasian Jackdaw 4
28 Carrion Crow 2
29 Eurasian Blue Tit 2
30 Great Tit 2
31 Eurasian Blackbird 4
32 Mistle Thrush 1
33 European Starling 12
34 House Sparrow 12

Nelson’s Sparrow still present

I went back this morning looking for the Nelson’s Sparrow at Lk St. Clair Metropark… I woke up, looked outside and saw slightly overcast skies and knew I would get some better photos… As a bird photographer I like prefer overcast skies to sunny skies.. The latter you deal with blown out colors and shadows… just a pain in the arse… but in overcast sky, there are no shadows to deal with and the colors are more accurate… I got to LSCMP and saw Will McHale and a few other photographers around… they told me it was seen a couple times already… So I headed to the exact spot I first found it on Sunday and waited…. Sure enough it made its way back and was feeding on the ground in the Phragmites a few feet from its favorite patch of weeds and tall grass its been hanging in… It was making a soft variable song very different from its regular song and call… It sounded very much like a juvenile song sparrow learning to sing… I found that fascinating and suspect that this is a young bird… Hopefully it will stick around for a few more days so people have time to get out and see it…

Nelson's Sparrow

Nelson’s Sparrow

Nelson's Sparrow

Nelson’s Sparrow

Nelson's Sparrow

Nelson’s Sparrow