Outline itinerary

Day 1Den Helder - Texel
Day 2Texel
Day 3Texel - Den Helder

Included

Transport, two nights on the island on full board basis (starting with diner on day 1 and ending with lunch on day 3, ferry Den Helder - Texel (two ways)

Not included

Transport to/from Den Helder, drinks, tips and personal expenditure.

Extra

Single room supplement EUR 80,-

Price

EUR 360,-

Tour leader

Klaas de Jong

Number of participants

Minimum 4, Maximum 14

Accommodation

Mid-range hotels with private facilities

Difficulty level of the tour

Short hikes

Climate

The weather can be variable.

Texel, Netherlands

Reisroute Texel
Duration:3 days
Departure:31-08-2018
Price: EUR 360,-
Tour leader:Klaas de Jong
Code: NL1810

Texel is the largest, most popular and perhaps most famous Wadden island of the Netherlands. It is certainly the most bird-rich. The island offers a great variety of habitats ranging from vast easily accessible mudflats and grasslands to rich dune landscapes and varied woodlands. Together these habitats have produced over 370 species so far. At least one third of this number is made up of vagrants. Among them are some truly amazing rarities like Caspian Plover and Cream-coloured Courser! During our weekend Birding Break on the island of Texel we will try to do justice to its many birding possibilities. There are plenty possibilities for waders and August / September is  one of the best periods to study them. Every year in August many 1000's of waders like Bar-tailed Godwit are present and during easterly winds migration around the northern tip can be fantastic. Fall migration already gets started from mid August and passerines like Wryneck are possible and sometimes Black Stork can be found migrating. Birding on Texel is a great experience at any time of the year, but autumn is among the very best. This tour will offer you some of Dutch best birding in autumn!

On Friday afternoon we gather at a central point (which will be sent to you after booking) and we take the 13.30 ferry to the island. If the tide is favorable we will first visit the Mokbaai which usually hold large numbers of waders. Afterwards we drive to our hotel for our stay. The rest of the afternoon we take a walk through the Bleekersvallei and visit some good wader areas.

The next day we start in the vicinity of the lighthouse in the north of the island. This is a typical arrival area for migrants from more northern countries. The light of the lighthouse attracts, especially with rainy weather, night migrating songbirds. With exeptional weather we might have a chance of a large fall of birds. Expected species are here Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat, Common Redstart, Northern Wheatear and Blue-headed Wagtail. In addition, some rarer species like Barred Warbler, Wryneck and Ortolan Bunting might turn up. In the afternoon we take a walk in the Slufter, with its tidal waders, ducks and pipits but also with luck Little Egrets.

On Sunday we have an early start for some seawatching along the North Sea coast. This time of year is good for Sabine's Gull and Long-tailed Skua, both rare species in the Netherlands. The probability that we see them depends on the weather. Strong winds coming from the North Sea are neccessary to make a good chance. Other species that we might see migrating are Arctic and Great Skua, Northern Gannet and various terns and waders species.

Today we visit a high water refuge at Cocksdorp for waders like Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover and Red Knot. besides, we look for songbirds at various locations on the island. At 17.00 we take the ferry back to Den Helder, where we scan the gulls in the wake of the ferry for a beautiful Sabine's Gull.

 

 

 

 

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