According to a report from waarneming.nl a Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), a species from the birds family of the Ibises and Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae) could be observed on July 1st 2014 near Heemskerk in the Heemskerker Noordbroekpolder than in Heemskerk in the Waterberging Noorderveldjust south of Castricum. After the Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) at the coast of Noord Holland between Den Helder and Callantsoog the 2nd rarity in a few days. This within a distance of roughly 35km. The first attempt to twitch the bird on the same was not successful. The road is passable only for bicycles or farmer cars. On the 2nd of July the Glossy Ibis had not been seen again (or reported) again in the wetlands near Heemskerk.
Anyway, we tried again on the 2nd of July. This time with bicycles in the car. the Waterberging Noorderveldjust north of Heemskerk and south of Castricum is a wetland devoted to nature conservation. It was established only a few years before but have been important for wetland species already in big numbers. At the time of watching for the Ibis, we saw Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula), Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) and Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) on this beautiful wetland right on the corner to the town. Many young waders were present as well, heavily and loudly protected by the parents. After watching the Waterberging Noorderveldjust for a while, we headed further to the west. A ditch right next to the road only 20m away revealed the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) feeding on a ditch. The Ibis was excellent to observe. After a while the bird flew to the Waterberging Noorderveldjust. In the evening – at 6:30 pm – the Glossy Ibis could be observed again. This time, it was even closer to the road in the ditch with runs parallel to dam. Perfect!
Of course, the Glossy Ibis is – unlike the Lesser Yellowlegs – not a mega bird. As in Germany this wader occurs on a frequency becoming regular in The Netherlands, too. The bird seems to stay in the wider area. Patience and luck are needed – of course.
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