Holland Bird Watching, Nature Reserves for birds in Holland

Birding In Holland

October 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Features

If you’re planning a trip to Holland for business or pleasure, you may want to consider doing a spot of bird-watching in your spare time. This stunning country is home to a number of great bird-watching sites and there are usually more than a few avid birding enthusiasts in the area who will be more than willing to accompany you and provide you with helpful information and a trained eye.

The north-western parts of the country are probably the best place to go if you want to enjoy a spot of birding in Holland. This part of the country is home to a large number of Nature Reserves and National Parks and so you can expect to find plenty of great wilderness areas to go bird watching. Moreover, many of these natural areas feature a variety of different bird habitats, such as tidal mudflats, bays, dunes, beaches, brackish and fresh water ponds, lakes, peatbogs, woods and marshes. As you travel the area that is nestled along the coastline of the North Sea, IJssellake and Wadden Sea, you will find never-ending opportunities to spot birds in exciting new habitats. There are some great birding spots just 90 minutes from Amsterdam, so you won’t have to take too much time out of your day to enjoy this great leisure activity.

The amazing diversity of habitats in this relatively small country provide homes for almost 470 different bird species. The Netherlands are situated along a wader migration route so there are plenty of these birds visiting Holland. Other birds you may expect to see during your stay here include the Common Rosefinch, the Penduline Tit, the Eagle Owl, the Greenish Warbler and the Thrush Nightingale. Migration usually starts in March, with large numbers of different species sticking around until as late as May or June before making the journey for the arctic. A new influx of birds arrives from Africa or Southern Europe around April/May. Actually, there are a number of migrations of birds in different parts of the country which are continually starting and ending at different times of the year. The result is a never-ending change to the variety that Holland has to offer visitors.

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