Birdwatching.

We had some serious rain last night and the wind is back today.   A lovely walk on the beach this morning and the sun popped out for a few minutes….might take a day off from the saddle?

We have a little bird feeder set up outside on the patio where we can watch the willow tits, Eurasion robins and dunnocks feeding.  A large magpie showed up this morning, too.

Willow Tit
Willow Tit
Dunnock
Dunnock
Eurasian robin
Eurasian robin

I have also caught a fleeting glimpse of this beautiful kingfisher (which I thought at first was a large hummingbird) along a nearby canal.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Riding along the canals we have seen many different water birds…

Black throated Loon
Black throated Loon
Great created grebe
Great crested grebe
Eurasian scoter
Eurasian scoter
Grey heron
Grey heron

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And riding through the fields one will often see a soaring hawk or 2, although it is difficult to identify them as we did not bring our binoculars.  (Even the smallest lightest ones seemed heavy to pack along.)

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We are hoping to catch a glimpse of this parakeet.  Mark did find a long green feather in Purmerend, but it was not attached to a bird.  Apparently there are two kinds of parakeets, one of  which was brought to Europe by Alexander the Great and released.  Now they have “naturalized” here and in other countries in Europe.

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And we even have our own little duck pond right here in Noordzee Park…

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On my way back from the beach walk, one of these crossed my path…

Hazel Grouse
Hazel Grouse

Well, so much for a day off….the sun came out so it was time to go for a  short ride out to the lighthouse for a beautiful, sunny walk on a very windy beach and watch the next deluge approaching!  Just made it home before the downpour!

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