Birding: Netherlands

Here is my life list for birds in the Netherlands, comprising a subset of my worldwide and European lists. Dates and locations of first sightings anywhere in the world are included where known.

Life count as of December, 2017: 129
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Ducks, Geese and Waterfowl - Eendachtigen - Anatidae (Anseriformes)
Tundra Bean Goose
Anser serrirostris
NL: Toendrarietgans
November 8, 2014 at Ismaninger Speichersee, Bavaria, Germany
Sometimes considered conspecific with Taiga Bean Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Anser albifrons
NL: Kolgans
March 3, 2012 at Oostvaardersplassen, the Netherlands
Graylag Goose
Anser anser
NL: Grauwe Gans
Long ago in the Netherlands
Bar-headed Goose
Anser indicus
NL: Indische Gans
June 20, 2015 in Mijdrecht, the Netherlands
Brant
Branta bernicla
NL: Rotgans
December 28, 2014 near Scharendijke, the Netherlands
Also known as Brant Goose
Barnacle Goose
Branta leucopsis
NL: Brandgans
January 14, 2007 at Lake Valkenburg near Leiden, the Netherlands
Canada Goose
Branta canadensis
NL: Grote Canadese Gans
June 5, 2004 in Ghent, Belgium
Mute Swan
Cygnus olor
NL: Knobbelzwaan
Long ago in the Netherlands
Black Swan
Cygnus atratus
NL: Zwarte Zwaan
December 28, 2013 near Nieuwer ter Aa, the Netherlands
Tundra Swan
Cygnus columbianus
NL: Fluitzwaan
March 9, 2013 at Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, MI
Sometimes split into two species: Whistling and Bewick's Swan; I've seen both
Egyptian Goose
Alopochen aegyptiaca
NL: Nijlgans
July 20, 2001 in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Common Shelduck
Tadorna tadorna
NL: Bergeend
June 2, 2012 at Kwade Hoek, the Netherlands
Gadwall
Anas strepera
NL: Krakeend
March 9, 2013 at Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, MI
Eurasian Wigeon
Anas penelope
NL: Smient
December 19, 2013 in Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Mallard
Anas platyrhynchos
NL: Wilde Eend
Long ago in the Netherlands
Northern Shoveler
Anas clypeata
NL: Slobeend
March 30, 2013 at Landfill/Wheeler SC in Ann Arbor, MI
Northern Pintail
Anas acuta
NL: Pijlstaart
March 30, 2013 at Trinkle Marsh in Washtenaw County, MI
Garganey
Anas querquedula
NL: Zomertaling
May 17, 2014 at Ruygeborg, Nieuwkoop, the Netherlands
Green-winged Teal
Anas crecca
NL: Wintertaling
March 18, 2014 at Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, TX
Sometimes split into two species: Green-winged and Eurasian Teal; I've seen both
Common Pochard
Aythya ferina
NL: Tafeleend
May 7, 2014 at Veerpolder in Warmond, the Netherlands
Tufted Duck
Aythya fuligula
NL: Kuifeend
December 31, 2009 at Lough Cork in Cork, Ireland
Common Eider
Somateria mollissima
NL: Eider
December 28, 2014 at Brouwersdam, Zeeland, the Netherlands
White-winged Scoter
Melanitta fusca
NL: Grote Zee-eend
April 30, 2013 on Barton Pond in Ann Arbor, MI
Sometimes split into two species: White-winged and Velvet Scoter; I've seen both
Long-tailed Duck
Clangula hyemalis
NL: IJseend
February 23, 2014 at Geddes Dam, Ann Arbor, MI
Common Goldeneye
Bucephala clangula
NL: Brilduiker
March 9, 2013 at Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, MI
Smew
Mergellus albellus
NL: Nonnetje
December 28, 2014 near Kerkwerve, the Netherlands
Common Merganser
Mergus merganser
NL: Grote Zaagbek
February 18, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Also known as goosander
Red-breasted Merganser
Mergus serrator
NL: Middelste Zaagbek
April 28, 2012 in "Ding" Darling NP on Sanibel Island, FL
 
Pheasants, Grouse and Allies - Fazantachtigen - Phasianidae (Galliformes)
Ring-necked Pheasant
Phasianus colchicus
NL: Fazant
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as common pheasant
 
Loons - Duikers - Gaviidae (Gaviiformes)
Red-throated Loon
Gavia stellata
NL: Roodkeelduiker
December 28, 2014 at Brouwersdam, Zeeland, the Netherlands
 
Grebes - Futen - Podicipedidae (Podicipediformes)
Little Grebe
Tachybaptus ruficollis
NL: Dodaars
September 7, 2014 at the Kleinhesseloher See, Englischer Garten, Munich, Germany
Horned Grebe
Podiceps auritus
NL: Kuifduiker
March 6, 2011 at Gallup Park, Ann Arbor, MI
Great Crested Grebe
Podiceps cristatus
NL: Fuut
Long ago in the Netherlands
 
Storks - Ooievaars - Ciconiidae (Ciconiiformes)
White Stork
Ciconia ciconia
NL: Ooievaar
August 15, 2009 near Zweth, the Netherlands
 
Cormorants and Shags - Aalscholvers - Phalacrocoracidae (Suliformes)
Great Cormorant
Phalacrocorax carbo
NL: Aalscholver
December 19, 2010 in Leiden, the Netherlands
 
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns - Reigers - Ardeidae (Pelecaniformes)
Gray Heron
Ardea cinerea
NL: Blauwe Reiger
Long ago in the Netherlands
Great Egret
Ardea alba
NL: Grote Zilverreiger
September 24, 2011 at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, MI
Little Egret
Egretta garzetta
NL: Kleine Zilverreiger
December 28, 2014 near Burgh-Haamstede, the Netherlands
 
Ibises and Spoonbills - Ibissen en Lepelaars - Threskiornithidae (Pelecaniformes)
Glossy Ibis
Plegadis falcinellus
NL: Zwarte Ibis
April 5, 2013 at La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve SP, FL
Eurasian Spoonbill
Platalea leucorodia
NL: Lepelaar
May 7, 2014 at Veerpolder in Warmond, the Netherlands
 
Hawks, Eagles and Kites - Havikachtigen - Accipitridae (Accipitriformes)
Eurasian Marsh Harrier
Circus aeruginosus
NL: Bruine Kiekendief
May 17, 2014 at Waverhoek near Waverveen, the Netherlands
Hen Harrier
Circus cyaneus
NL: Blauwe Kiekendief
December 28, 2014 near Zonnemaire, the Netherlands
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Accipiter nisus
NL: Sperwer
December 25, 2013 at Bovenkerkerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Common Buzzard
Buteo buteo
NL: Buizerd
March 26, 2012 at Hasliberg, Switzerland
 
Rails, Gallinules and Coots - Rallen, Koeten en Waterhoentjes - Rallidae (Gruiformes)
Eurasian Moorhen
Gallinula chloropus
NL: Waterhoen
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as common moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Fulica atra
NL: Meerkoet
Long ago in the Netherlands
 
Stilts and Avocets - Kluten - Recurvirostridae (Charadriiformes)
Black-winged Stilt
Himantopus himantopus
NL: Steltkluut
May 10, 2014 at Ruygeborg, Nieuwkoop, the Netherlands
Sometimes considered conspecific with Black-necked Stilt
Pied Avocet
Recurvirostra avosetta
NL: Kluut
May 7, 2014 at Legmeerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
 
Oystercatchers - Scholeksters - Haematopodidae (Charadriiformes)
Eurasian Oystercatcher
Haematopus ostralegus
NL: Scholekster
April 24, 2010 at Kagerplassen, the Netherlands
 
Plovers and Lapwings - Kieviten en Plevieren - Charadriidae (Charadriiformes)
Black-bellied Plover
Pluvialis squatarola
NL: Zilverplevier
April 27, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
Also known as gray plover
European Golden Plover
Pluvialis apricaria
NL: Goudplevier
December 28, 2014 near Serooskerke, the Netherlands
Northern Lapwing
Vanellus vanellus
NL: Kievit
December 23, 2013 at Bovenkerkerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Common Ringed Plover
Charadrius hiaticula
NL: Bontbekplevier
February 7, 2015 at Kwade Hoek, the Netherlands
Little Ringed Plover
Charadrius dubius
NL: Kleine Plevier
May 7, 2014 at Legmeerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
 
Sandpipers and Allies - Strandlopers en Snippen - Scolopacidae (Charadriiformes)
Eurasian Curlew
Numenius arquata
NL: Wulp
December 28, 2014 near Kerkwerve, the Netherlands
Black-tailed Godwit
Limosa limosa
NL: Grutto
May 7, 2014 at Bovenkerkerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Bar-tailed Godwit
Limosa lapponica
NL: Rosse Grutto
December 28, 2014 at Brouwersdam, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands
Ruddy Turnstone
Arenaria interpres
NL: Steenloper
April 27, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
Red Knot
Calidris canutus
NL: Kanoet
February 2, 2014 on Sanibel Island, FL
Ruff
Philomachus pugnax
NL: Kemphaan
December 23, 2013 at Bovenkerkerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Sanderling
Calidris alba
NL: Drieteenstrandloper
April 27, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
Dunlin
Calidris alpina
NL: Bonte Strandloper
May 28, 2013 at Schneider Road Pond in Washtenaw County, MI
Purple Sandpiper
Calidris maritima
NL: Paarse Strandloper
December 28, 2014 at Brouwersdam, Zeeland, the Netherlands
Common Snipe
Gallinago gallinago
NL: Watersnip
February 5, 2015 at Veerpolder in Warmond, the Netherlands
Common Sandpiper
Actitis hypoleucos
NL: Oeverloper
May 7, 2014 at Veerpolder in Warmond, the Netherlands
Green Sandpiper
Tringa ochropus
NL: Witgat
January 18, 2015 at the Isar near Dietersheim, Germany
Spotted Redshank
Tringa erythropus
NL: Zwarte Ruiter
December 28, 2014 near Burgh-Haamstede, the Netherlands
Common Greenshank
Tringa nebularia
NL: Groenpootruiter
May 10, 2014 at Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands
Common Redshank
Tringa totanus
NL: Tureluur
June 2, 2012 at Kwade Hoek, the Netherlands
 
Gulls, Terns and Skimmers - Meeuwen en Sternen - Laridae (Charadriiformes)
Black-headed Gull
Chroicocephalus ridibundus
NL: Kokmeeuw
Long ago in the Netherlands
Mew Gull
Larus canus
NL: Stormmeeuw
December 25, 2013 at Natuurgebied Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Also known as Common Gull
Herring Gull
Larus argentatus
NL: Zilvermeeuw
Long ago in the Netherlands
Sometimes split into two species: American and European Herring Gull; I've seen both
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Larus fuscus
NL: Kleine Mantelmeeuw
February 2, 2014 on Sanibel Island, FL
Great Black-backed Gull
Larus marinus
NL: Grote Mantelmeeuw
January 1, 2010 in Cobh, Ireland
Common Tern
Sterna hirundo
NL: Visdief
May 5, 2013 at Four Mile Creek SP, NY
 
Pigeons and Doves - Duiven - Columbidae (Columbiformes)
Rock Pigeon
Columba livia
NL: Rotsduif
Long ago in the Netherlands
Stock Dove
Columba oenas
NL: Holenduif
June 14, 2015 at Bovenkerkerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Common Wood Pigeon
Columba palumbus
NL: Houtduif
July 28, 2012 in Zijdelwaard, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Eurasian Collared Dove
Streptopelia decaocto
NL: Turkse Tortel
February 25, 2012 in Zijdelwaard, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Cuckoos - Koekoeken - Cuculidae (Cuculiformes)
Common Cuckoo
Cuculus canorus
NL: Koekoek
May 16, 2014 at Vogelplas Starrevaart in Leidschendam, the Netherlands
 
Swifts - Gierzwaluwen - Apodidae (Apodiformes)
Common Swift
Apus apus
NL: Gierzwaluw
July 15, 2013 in Heidelberg, Germany
 
Kingfishers - IJsvogels - Alcedinidae (Coraciiformes)
Common Kingfisher
Alcedo atthis
NL: IJsvogel
September 6, 2014 at the Isar near Garching, Germany
 
Woodpeckers - Spechten - Picidae (Piciformes)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Dendrocopos major
NL: Grote Bonte Specht
December 18, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Falcons and Caracaras - Valkachtigen - Falconidae (Falconiformes)
Eurasian Kestrel
Falco tinnunculus
NL: Torenvalk
August 1, 2014 at Lentevreugd near Wassenaar, the Netherlands
Also known as Common Kestrel
Eurasian Hobby
Falco subbuteo
NL: Boomvalk
May 16, 2014 at Helmduinen near Wassenaar, the Netherlands
 
Parrots - Papegaaien - Psittacidae (Psittaciformes)
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Psittacula krameri
NL: Halsbandparkiet
December 18, 2013 at Vondelpark, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Also known as Ring-necked Parakeet
 
Crows, Jays and Magpies - Kraaiachtigen - Corvidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Jay
Garrulus glandarius
NL: Gaai
March 27, 2012 in Interlaken, Switzerland
Eurasian Magpie
Pica pica
NL: Ekster
Long ago in the Netherlands
Eurasian Jackdaw
Corvus monedula
NL: Kauw
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as Western Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Corvus corone
NL: Zwarte Kraai
Long ago in the Netherlands
 
Larks - Leeuweriken - Alaudidae (Passeriformes)
Sky Lark
Alauda arvensis
NL: Veldleeuwerik
February 7, 2015 at Kwade Hoek, the Netherlands
Also known as Eurasian Skylark or Common Skylark
 
Swallows - Zwaluwen - Hirundinidae (Passeriformes)
Bank Swallow
Riparia riparia
NL: Oeverzwaluw
June 1, 2013 at Landfill/Wheeler SC in Ann Arbor, MI
Also known as Sand Martin
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica
NL: Boerenzwaluw
April 24, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Common House Martin
Delichon urbicum
NL: Huiszwaluw
May 10, 2014 at Ruygeborg, Nieuwkoop, the Netherlands
 
Chickadees and Tits - Mezen - Paridae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Blue Tit
Cyanistes caeruleus
NL: Pimpelmees
Long ago in the Netherlands
Great Tit
Parus major
NL: Koolmees
Long ago in the Netherlands
 
Long-tailed Tits - Staartmezen - Aegithalidae (Passeriformes)
Long-tailed Tit
Aegithalos caudatus
NL: Staartmees
December 18, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Nuthatches - Boomklevers - Sittidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Nuthatch
Sitta europaea
NL: Boomklever
December 19, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Treecreepers - Echte Boomkruipers - Certhiidae (Passeriformes)
Short-toed Treecreeper
Certhia brachydactyla
NL: Boomkruiper
December 19, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Wrens - Winterkoningen - Troglodytidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Wren
Troglodytes troglodytes
NL: Winterkoning
December 19, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Sometimes considered conspecific with Pacific and Winter Wrens
 
Leaf Warblers - Boszangers - Phylloscopidae (Passeriformes)
Willow Warbler
Phylloscopus trochilus
NL: Fitis
May 9, 2014 at Zijdelse Zomp in Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Common Chiffchaff
Phylloscopus collybita
NL: Tjiftjaf
May 6, 2014 at Nieuwe Ooster, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
 
Reed Warblers and Allies - Rietzangers - Acrocephalidae (Passeriformes)
Sedge Warbler
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
NL: Rietzanger
May 7, 2014 at Klaas Hennepoelpolder in Warmond, the Netherlands
Eurasian Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus scirpaceus
NL: Kleine Karekiet
May 14, 2014 at Pesthuistuinen in Leiden, the Netherlands
 
Grassbirds and Allies - Sprinkhaanzangers - Locustellidae (Passeriformes)
Savi's Warbler
Locustella luscinioides
NL: Snor
June 13, 2015 at Groene Jonker near Zevenhoven, the Netherlands
 
Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies - Zangers - Sylviidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Blackcap
Sylvia atricapilla
NL: Zwartkop
May 12, 2014 at Leidse Hout in Leiden, the Netherlands
Greater Whitethroat
Sylvia communis
NL: Grasmus
May 16, 2014 at Vogelplas Starrevaart in Leidschendam, the Netherlands
Also known as Common Whitethroat
 
Old World Flycatchers - Vliegenvangers - Muscicapidae (Passeriformes)
Spotted Flycatcher
Muscicapa striata
NL: Grauwe Vliegenvanger
May 17, 2015 at the Ammersee near Pähl, Germany
European Robin
Erithacus rubecula
NL: Roodborst
Long ago in the Netherlands
Common Nightingale
Luscinia megarhynchos
NL: Nachtegaal
May 16, 2014 at Helmduinen near Wassenaar, the Netherlands
Bluethroat
Luscinia svecica
NL: Blauwborst
May 17, 2014 at Groene Jonker near Zevenhoven, the Netherlands
Northern Wheatear
Oenanthe oenanthe
NL: Tapuit
July 23, 2013 in the Bernese Alps, Valais, Switzerland
Desert Wheatear
Oenanthe deserti
NL: Woestijntapuit
November 28, 2017 at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Netherlands
 
Thrushes and Allies - Lijsters - Turdidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Blackbird
Turdus merula
NL: Merel
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as common blackbird
Fieldfare
Turdus pilaris
NL: Kramsvogel
October 19, 2014 in Garching, Germany
Redwing
Turdus iliacus
NL: Koperwiek
December 30, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Song Thrush
Turdus philomelos
NL: Zanglijster
May 7, 2014 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Starlings - Spreeuwen - Sturnidae (Passeriformes)
European Starling
Sturnus vulgaris
NL: Spreeuw
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as common starling
 
Accentors - Heggenmussen - Prunellidae (Passeriformes)
Dunnock
Prunella modularis
NL: Heggenmus
June 8, 2015 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Wagtails and Pipits - Kwikstaarten en Piepers - Motacillidae (Passeriformes)
Western Yellow Wagtail
Motacilla flava
NL: Gele Kwikstaart
May 6, 2015 at NSG Garchinger Heide, Eching, Germany
Gray Wagtail
Motacilla cinerea
NL: Grote Gele Kwikstaart
November 30, 2014 at the Isar near Neufahrn, Germany
White Wagtail
Motacilla alba
NL: Witte Kwikstaart
May 29, 2012 in Tallinn, Estonia
 
Buntings and New World Sparrows - Gorzen - Emberizidae (Passeriformes)
Reed Bunting
Emberiza schoeniclus
NL: Rietgors
May 9, 2014 at Vogelplas Starrevaart in Leidschendam, the Netherlands
 
Siskins, Crossbills and Allies - Vinkachtigen - Fringillidae (Passeriformes)
Common Chaffinch
Fringilla coelebs
NL: Vink
March 27, 2012 in Interlaken, Switzerland
European Greenfinch
Chloris chloris
NL: Groenling
May 7, 2014 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
European Goldfinch
Carduelis carduelis
NL: Putter
December 19, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Eurasian Linnet
Carduelis cannabina
NL: Kneu
May 12, 2014 at Veerpolder in Warmond, the Netherlands
Also known as Common Linnet
 
Old World Sparrows - Mussen - Passeridae (Passeriformes)
House Sparrow
Passer domesticus
NL: Huismus
Long ago in the Netherlands
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Passer montanus
NL: Ringmus
September 9, 2014 in Garching, Germany

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